When it comes to crafting the ideal CV, under-prepared candidates can feel like they’re staring into the abyss.
And whilst there is no magic trick or special secret to CV writing, as a recruiter, you can advise your applicants on how to begin. A recent survey by StandoutCV polled 150 employers in order to glean what they wanted out of a candidate’s CV.
And it seems that the general line is to keep it succinct. 92% of those asked claimed that they wanted someone who could take responsibility whilst 65% opted for a negotiator – City AM reports.
The publication went on to list 13 verbs that employers would love candidates to include on their CV. We’ve compiled it below:
- Managed – shows control
- Delivered – shows determination
- Improved – shows value
- Reduced – shows resourcefulness
- Planned – shows forethought
- Supported – shows reliance
- Influenced – shows a necessary mindset
- Trained - shows expertise
- Resolved – shows candidate can face and control issues
- Presented – shows candidate can speak publically
- Analysed – shows candidate understands data
- Developed – shows drive
- Negotiated – shows multi-layered skill set
And whilst a CV is an intrinsic part of launching any candidate’s prospective career, the give-and-take of the candidate-recruiter relationship is also important. Even though recruitment is an applicant-led process, as a recruiter you have certain standards to uphold too.