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Ch. 6: Effective language to make you stand out
In this chapter you will:
How you approach this aspect of CV writing depends largely on how you feel about language.
Some people deliberately ignore this stage: they feel confident that their concrete achievements and proven abilities speak for themselves, and don’t appreciate how essential good writing is. Others simply don’t understand what this part involves and therefore can’t see why it is so important. There are also those who recognize good writing when they see it, but for some reasons aren’t able to replicate it themselves.
The basic rules of CV writing:
There are three basic points that it helps to understand before you start:
1 The most critical words on your CV are those you start each section or bullet point with. These will be the first – and possibly the only – words read by an employer or recruiter who quickly scans through your CV. They should be verbs – action words.
2 Most, if not all, CV writers and readers would agree that the words you use to describe yourself speak volumes about you as a person. This is especially true of the verbs – or action words – that you include in your CV.
3 Impressive words or ‘management speak’ are not the foundation of a well-written CV. Just think carefully about the words you choose and, in some cases, try stretching yourself a little bit further than might normally feel comfortable. Anyone can – and should be able to – produce a clear, well-written CV.
Why action words matter
The most important words in your CV will be your action words. This is partly because all examples in your Employment section should begin with action words, and partly because these are the words that show employers what you are capable of doing.
You may not believe it yet but how you describe what you do can give someone a strong impression of the kind of person you are. They might even assume you have certain character traits. The following examples show how the action word you choose can make a big difference:
1 ‘On your first day in your new job, you walked towards the building, looking up at the company name above the door.’ This is a simple, straightforward description of what you did. Nothing wrong with it, but it says very little about you as a person.
2 ‘On your first day in your new job, you strolled towards the building, glancing up at the company name above the door.’
3 ‘On your first day in your new job, you crept towards the building, peeking up at the company name above the door.’
4 ‘On your first day in your new job, you raced towards the building, checking the company name above the door.’
5 ‘On your first day in your new job, you marched towards the building, gazing up at the company name above the door.’ ...
The extract above has been taken from 'Get That Job With the Right CV'
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