No clichés here! These are the top five words to include on your CV this year

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Ah, the CV.

Talked about as you reach school leaving age, the magnitude of it doesn’t really impact you until you are facing your first day of job hunting, aiming to secure the job that will challenge, motivate and enrich you.

The CV is undoubtedly the hardest part of any job hunt. Get it right, and you stand out from the crowd. Get it wrong, and you’ll be at the back of it.

On that note, here are five key words to include on your CV when listing your experience, and why they’ll help.


An employer will be interested in your skills, but also what you can offer them in terms of achieving success for their business, in the future. The word ‘achieved’ shows you already have experience of this and will let the employer know that you could do the same for them.


Not only does this show you go above and beyond the call of duty in your role, it shows you have exemplary people skills. In an age where technology is changing the way in which we interact with each other, this is vital and attractive to employers.


What employer wouldn’t want a candidate who could create more for their business? It doesn’t matter how small the example in question is – the very fact you used initiative will help you stand out.


There are challenges in the workplace, it is inevitable in any career. Sometimes they are foreseen, and, at others, you have to think on your feet. Either way, a problem needs to be resolved, and experience in this not only illustrates that you can cope under pressure, but shows that you are a team player, who wants the business to succeed.


An employer will be looking for specific evidence of how you can add value to the company. One way to do this is to make an effort to quantify your successes. Make sure you include numbers to demonstrate how you have helped a company save money, or increase productivity, for example.

About the author

Kate Allen is the MD of Allen Associates, one of Oxfordshire’s leading independent recruitment agencies, that specialises in Marketing, Finance, PA/Admin and HR roles. In the summer of 2018, Allen Associates launched their first London office, specialising in Marketing, HR and PA/Admin roles.

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