CV Buzzwords

CV buzzwords are essential to any good CV; however using CV buzzwords can be a tricky task.


If you use to many CV Buzzwords in your CV then it could be deemed excessive, and if you do not use enough then your CV maybe over looked. CV buzzwords mean two things:

  • Using positive verbs yourself in your CV, these positive verbs are used to showcase your personal qualities and relevant skills.
  • Using words that recruitment consultants and recruitment agencies type into CV scanning software to find suitable candidates for job roles.

What CV buzzwords should I use for my CV?

You need to understand that a CV is your main selling tool; it needs to grab the attention of the reader and express yourself with precision. Your cover letter is the first thing that would be read and you will probably be worrying a lot about that, but your CV should be given the same amount of time. The key to creating an excellent CV is the use of positive verbs to make you appear from proactive.


You need to think outside of the box, do not use passive statements in your CV to describe your past employment duties. You can tailor active statements that demonstrate to the reader how instrumental you where in completing your previous employment duties and tasks. Make sure you thoroughly read the job description for the position you are applying for, after all the employer would tend to use CV buzzwords in this, so use them to your advantage.


Good positive verbs to use are:

  • Achieved
  • Advised
  • Arranged
  • Designed
  • Devised
  • Developed
  • Calculated
  • Coordinated
  • Controlled
  • Established
  • Improved
  • Instructed
  • Planned
  • Selected
  • Sold
  • Solved
  • Supervised

Now we have provided a list of positive verbs to use for your CV, but now we feel you may need an example of how best to use them. It is not just a case of putting the positive verbs in, you need a structure and it needs to make sense.


What not to write

“For my final-year project, I made a kettle for the elderly. This involved interviewing elderly people to and researching different products on the market. From the research a new design was made and presented. This project was finished on time and was awarded a 2.1 grade.”


What you should write instead

“Conducted research into the possible design flaws with kettles used by elderly people. Interviewed 100 elderly people and obtained a substantial amount of data which highlighted design areas for improvement. Concept designs for a new kettle were produced and prototypes where developed of the finalised design. Completed this project four weeks ahead of schedule and achieved a 2.1 grade.”


What CV buzzwords should be left off CV’s?

There is no surprise that there are certain CV buzzwords that should be left off CV’s either because they have been overused or are just very cringey. We have complied a list of CV buzzwords that should be avoided on your CV:

  • Innovative
  • Forward-thinking
  • Over-achiever
  • Goal-orientated
  • Detailed-orientated
  • Talkactive
  • People-person
  • Coordinated
  • Expressive

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