13 verbs you need on your CV to grab the attention of employers and recruiters

Writing your CV is a daunting task, here are some key verbs you should include to stand out from the crowd

CV writing can be a tense process from deciding how much information to include to which key responsibilities and skills to highlight.  CV writing service, StandOutCV, has surveyed 150 employers to find out what they want to see on your CV – and the consensus seems to be that those who can manage, deliver and improve are more employable.

92 per cent of employers said that the word “managed” appealed to them the most as it shows a prospective employee who can handle responsibility. Meanwhile, 65 per cent of employers said they’d like someone who can negotiate.

Here are 13 verbs you should include on your CV:

  1. Managed Conveys the message that you have control over your responsibilities and are able to drive results
  2. Planned Planning is the backbone of success
  3. Supported Showing that you can support others suggests that you can be relied upon
  4. Delivered Shows the end product of your work by explaining what you have delivered
  5. Improved If you’re an employee who can be brought on board to drive positive change within an organisation, you will be invaluable
  6. Reduced Reducing company spending or resource use in particular is hugely beneficial
  7. Influenced The ability to influence others is a necessary talent for getting things done in any industry
  8. Presented Public speaking of any kind can be a daunting task but it’s a hugely valuable skill for any employee to have
  9. Analysed Data is a vital currency in any organisation, but it’s worthless without staff who can analyse it and understand its implications
  10. Trained Shows you have of expertise in your field along with the gravitas and communication skills to deliver training sessions
  11. Negotiated People often assume that negotiation is purely a tool for sales staff; but actually it can be applied to many areas of business
  12. Resolved Businesses face problems every day: if you can prove your ability to resolve issues, you will impress recruiters
  13. Developed Development drives progress and advancements across all aspects of life

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