Wednesday 26 October 2016 9:51 am

13 verbs employers and recruiters want to see on your CV


I am City A.M.'s digital editor. Having previously worked at Property Week and Management Today, my areas of expertise are housing, entrepreneurs and leadership, as well as cars and the automotive industry. In 2015 I won the British Media Awards' Rising Star of the Year award.

I am City A.M.'s digital editor. Having previously worked at Property Week and Management Today, my areas of expertise are housing, entrepreneurs and leadership, as well as cars and the automotive industry. In 2015 I won the British Media Awards' Rising Star of the Year award.

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.


Read more: Your CV is probably missing this killer piece of information

  Verb Why?
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

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