On average, a recruiter spends less  than ten seconds looking at a CV. Your task as a candidate is to capture that recruiter’s attention. Yes, I believe that “capture” is the right word. Your CV has to demonstrate what you can do, and at the same time it has to demonstrate that YOU are the best person for the job. Not the previous OR the next candidate.

In the United States, according to my research, 10 million job applications led to 100,000 new hirings. This is a PERCENTAGE. Of these 100,000 new hirings, only 15% were the result of the related job posting. This statistic shows that it is much harder than you think to make yourself stand out during your job searches and attract the attention of a recruiter.

The recruiter spends 80% of these 10 seconds checking the following: your last job to see if it was appropriate for the position, your education, and the start and end dates of your previous jobs to assess your stability. Once you have made it past this first stage, there are five favorite words that we love to see on a CV. Here they are, so take notes.


Businesses like people who are creative and unafraid to take risks as they work toward reaching their goals.

Achieve. Accomplish.

Businesses seek candidates who stick with their projects right to the end. The best candidates are those who include their accomplishments as part of their career path. This gives employers a clear picture of what the candidates are likely to be able to achieve for them.


Continuous improvement and process improvements are very much in vogue. If you like to leave a business somewhat better than it was when you arrived, you will find that managers value this trait very highly. Everything can always be improved, whether it is a product, a service, or even an internal process.

Solve. (To have solved.)

Those who find solutions will always get the lion’s share of the pie. Your CV should reflect the fact that you are a problem solver. It’s just that simple

Coach. Train.

If you are able to train others to do the same work as you do, that should be on your  CV. The fact that you’re skilled at your job is good. If you can teach those skills, that gives  you extra brownie points.

In conclusion

We use the infinitive form of these verbs for consistency. Alter the tenses as you see fit, and please— do so without making any errors! Simple changes in the terms you use can increase the power of your CV, and more easily get you the job you deserve.

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