18% of recruiters spend less than 30 seconds on a CV, and 68% spend less than 2 minutes.



Are you using key words on your CV or covering letter that recruiters like, or dislike? Improve the chances of your CV getting attention by making sure a ‘skim read’ by a recruiter creates the right impression.



Check out  the worst and the best key words voted for by recruiters *:

Worst Phrases                                      Best Phrases
38% Best of breed                                    52% Achieved
26% Think outside of the box             48% Improved
22% Synergy                                              47% Trained/Mentored
16% Thought leadership                       44% Managed
16% Value add                                          43% Created
16% Results-driven                                 40% Resolved
15% Team player                                   35% Volunteered
13% Hard worker                                  29% Influenced
12% Strategic thinker
12% Dynamic
12% Self-motivated
11% Detail-oriented


The best words are all action words, so to really stand out from the crowd attach a number, or metric, or outcome to the action..and don’t forget to check your LinkedIn profile too.

* This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,201 hiring managers and human resource professionals between November 6 and December 2, 2013



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