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Putting together your resume and cover letter is a challenge facing a lot of us right now. Millions of people are currently job hunting while dealing with a recession and high unemployment rate due to a global pandemic, never mind the usual concerns:

How do you sell yourself, but not sound too braggy? Should you include or do something bold that will set you apart from the crowd of other applicants, or will that make you look like a weirdo who doesn’t understand corporate culture?

If it’s been a while since you polished your resume, you may be drawing a blank when it comes to how to describe yourself to potential employers. Here are 53 words that you may want to consider including in your resume reboot or next job interview.

Words matter

If it has been a few years (or decades) since you last were on the job market, clearly you know that things have changed, including the words best, er, employed to sell yourself. Gone are classics like “synergy,” “go-getter” and “think outside the box.”

Now it’s all about being “proactive,” “self-aware” and “observant,” at least according to Jennifer Fabiano’s recent article on Ladders (where she is the SEO editor).

Fabiano writes that in addition to using action words in our resume, it’s also important to represent ourselves in an authentic way—including avoiding previously popular buzzwords that you think are one’s employers and recruiters want to hear.

Read this article: CV Vs. Resume. Know the difference

50+ Words to Include to Make Your Resume Stand Out

(They do not.) Here are her suggestions for words to use in your resume, cover letter, and interview right now:

How to describe yourself on your resume?

Of course, you’re going to want to tailor each resume to the specific job description for a position, or at least the general industry. Here are the eight words Fabiano recommends using on every resume draft:

  • Enterprising
  • Take charge
  • Responsible
  • Caring
  • Considerate
  • Dedicated
  • Persistent
  • Passionate

Read this article: 7 Common Remote Job Interview Questions

How to describe yourself in a job interview?

Congratulations, you got an interview! These are Fabiano’s suggestions for 20 words you can use to describe yourself at that point in the process:

  • Passionate
  • Ambitious
  • Driven
  • Organized
  • People-person
  • Results-oriented
  • Disciplined
  • Eager
  • Persuasive
  • Reliable
  • Resourceful
  • Skillful
  • Thorough
  • Proactive
  • Inventive
  • Practiced
  • Self-aware
  • Observant
  • Flexible
  • Helpful

Read this article: Top 5 job interview mistakes: How to Avoid?

How to describe yourself as a team-player?

Though you probably don’t want to actually use the phrase “team-player” in an interview or on a resume, here are nine words Fabiano says you can use to describe yourself as one of them:

  • Comradely
  • Listener
  • Collaborative
  • Accountable
  • Gracious
  • Warm
  • Fellowship
  • Interested
  • Emotionally intelligent

Read this article: 140 Ways to Work from Home

How to describe yourself as a leader?

This is another case of planting the idea of yourself as a leader without coming right out and saying it. Per Fabiano, you may want to try one of these:

  • Enterprising
  • Initiative
  • Confident
  • Bold
  • Self-motivated
  • Accountable
  • Courageous
  • Engaged
  • Respectable
  • Ethical
  • Charismatic
  • Humble
  • Disciplined
  • Self-assured
  • Transparent
  • Reasonable

To your unlimited Success…

When you are ready to step into the professional world, you need to compile all the necessary information about yourself in the form of a document. This document allows recruiters to understand if you are eligible for a job position.

There are two ways of creating the document, with one being a CV and the other a resume. You may have come across job postings where some employers ask for a CV while others ask for a resume and few of them accept both.

If such posts made you question how a CV is different from a resume, then you are in the right place. While both the documents are used for job applications, there are some key differences between them. Learning these differences will enable you to prepare an appropriate document for your job application.

 

CV Vs. Resume – Know the 7 Difference

What is a CV? 

The CV stands for Curriculum Vitae, a Latin phrase that means “course of life”. A CV is a comprehensive document that enlists every little detail of your accomplishments rather than presenting a simple career overview. A CV includes details of your education and professional career along with any other achievements like special honors, awards, and publications.

A CV, typically written in chronological order is usually two or three pages long but can be extended to more pages if required. CVs remain constant and do not change for different job positions. When applying for jobs using CV, your cover letters should be written differently according to each position.

 

What is a Resume?

Resume comes from the French term résumé that means “to sum up”. Resumes are concise documents that summarise your educational background, skills and talents, and career history. The objective of a resume is to share a brief outline of your professional history with employers.

A good resume is no more than two pages long as the intended recruiters will not spend the document for very long.

A resume, unlike a CV, is not static. It is targeted at a specific audience and needs to be adapted to every job that you apply for. While resumes do not have to follow a chronological order, many applicants often list their work history in reverse-chronological order with the most recent job at the beginning.

A resume usually includes sections like contact information, a summary or an objective, education, work experience, skills, etc.

 

Usage Per Region

The usage of the documents varies from country to country.

If you are in Canada or the US, you will find a resume as the preferred document for job application across disciplines. In these countries, a CV is used for only two scenarios: applying for jobs abroad or applying for jobs in the academic or research-centric positions.

In mainland Europe, including the UK and Ireland, as well as New Zealand there is no such thing as a resume. In these countries, the term CV is equivalent to the content of a resume with a concise, targeted document used for job applications.

In India, South Africa, and Australia, CV and resume mean the same thing. The term CV is used mostly for a public service job application while a resume is common when applying for private companies.

 

What are the Differences?

At first glance, CV and resume might look similar to you.

Format

CV

  • CVs contain exhaustive details of each aspect of your achievement including education, skillsets, and career history
  • CVs are much longer and can go beyond two to three pages

Resume

  • Resumes are short descriptions of your professional history
  • Resumes highlight your work experiences and skills and mention specifics only when needed
  • The purpose of a resume is to help understand the recruiter whether you are eligible for the role
  • Resumes typically do not exceed more than two pages

Order of Events

CV

  • A CV follows a chronological order where your achievements are listed according to the time they took place
  • A CV allows an employer to follow your professional growth curve

Resume

  • A resume can be designed in three ways: chronologically, functionally, and combined order

 

Choosing CV and Resume According to Usage

A CV provides an in-depth understanding of your current position in your career. This makes it the best candidate for use in the academic sphere. The exhaustive list of your educational qualification, skills, publications, awards, and work history allows academic institutes to evaluate you better.

Resumes, on the other hand, are best suited for the private sector companies, especially when you are applying for positions in IT or technology industries. These sectors receive numerous applications throughout the year making it impossible for a recruiter to go through the detailed CV of each applicant. Resumes being crisp, to the point documents tailored for specific jobs are a popular choice for recruiters and employers.

The points mentioned in this post are all you need to know about what a CV and a resume are and how they can be used. If you are still unsure of which one to go with, you can always reach out to the recruiter for more information. In case that is not possible, sticking to resume is a safer option since it is a concise document highlighting your skills.

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