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Word power

Throughout this course, we have encouraged you to think like an employer. From an employer’s point of view, your CV is one among many. This presents a problem. You have your own job to do and you’re very busy, but you also have to get the right person for the job or your boss might not be too happy.

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Look at these two extracts and decide which is likely to catch your attention. Why?

Paula Power
“A highly motivated and hardworking individual, who has recently completed their A-Levels, achieving excellent grades in both Maths and Science. Seeking an apprenticeship in the engineering industry to build upon a keen scientific interest and start a career as a maintenance engineer. Eventual career goal is to become a fully-qualified and experienced maintenance or electrical engineer, with the longer-term aspiration of moving into project management.”

Victor Vague
“Retail Manager with experience in the fashion industry. Track record of success. Currently out of work due to company closure. Looking for the right opportunity in an upper management position.”

Now use the two power words along with the phrases below to improve Victor’s extract. Where might they fit?

Driven… Proven

  • over ten years’
  • including managing the top performing store in the region, and having the lowest staff turnover rate of all UK outlets.
  • to bring my expertise to a well-established fashion brand

Now return to your own CV and add more power words from the attached list of 100 Power Words.

What not to include

For some good advice here, this article should help.

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