CV writing: it's a deeply awkward process – from working out which tense to write in (hint: do past tense) to deciding whether to list your love of paragliding among your hobbies.
But now CV writing service StandoutCV has surveyed 150 employers to find out what they want to see on your resume – and the consensus seems to be that those who can manage, deliver, improve and reduce (very Austerity Britain) are more employable.
In fact, the word "managed" came out on top, with 92 per cent of employers saying they wanted someone who can take responsibility. Meanwhile, 65 per cent of employers said they'd like someone who can negotiate.
|1.||Managed||Shows recruiters you have control over your responsibilities and are able to drive results|
|2.||Delivered||Shows the end product of your work by explaining what you have delivered|
|3.||Improved||If you’re an employee who can be brought on board to drive positive change within an organisation, you will be invaluable|
|4.||Reduced||Reducing company spending or resource use in particular is hugely beneficial|
|5.||Planned||Planning is the backbone of success|
|6.||Supported||Showing that you can support others is another way of proving that you can be relied upon|
|7.||Influenced||The ability to influence others is a necessary talent for getting things done in any industry|
|8.||Trained||Shows you have of expertise in your field along with the gravitas and communication skills to deliver training sessions|
|9.||Resolved||Businesses face problems every day: if you can prove your ability to resolve issues, you will impress recruiters|
|10.||Presented||Public speaking of any kind can be a daunting task but it’s a hugely valuable skill for any employee to have|
|11.||Analysed||Data is a vital currency in any organisation, but it’s worthless without staff who can analyse it and understand its implications|
|12.||Developed||Development drives progress and advancements across all aspects of life|
|13.||Negotiated||People often assume that negotiation is purely a tool for sales staff; but actually it can be applied to many areas of business|