Keywords (or Power Words) are powerful descriptive words emphasising how you achieved something (usually in the past tense).
- Captained local football team to win cup – the reader will see you as a leader / team player / committed / ambitious / winner
- Organised charity event, raising over £500 in a day – the reader will see you as a leader / organised / achiever / able to deliver to tight deadlines
Here are just a few sample Keywords to get you started. It’s important that you only use those which truthfully apply to you:
Keywords can be found in many places, but should always be truthful and relevant to your application:
- adverts – “the skills we are looking for” can give you some key ‘buzz’ words to use
- websites – “we value x, y, z skills in all our staff/students” indicates the company culture
- technical – specific to the industry/subject/specialism you are applying for
And look for synonyms – use a thesaurus or search electronically to find a more impressive way to describe your key achievements.
By using Keywords at the start of brief bullet points, the reader is gets the headline achievement. If they want to know more about how you did these things…. they’ll have to ask you about that at interview!
Use Keywords instead of the word ‘I’ to demonstrate how you did something.
On Careersnearhere.com, why not take a look at:
- Applications, and other headings under the Tips section at the bottom of the page
- Careers Advice & Guidance Online and other headings under the Help section at the bottom of the page
Perhaps also search YouTube and the internet for relevant videos including those by some of the major employers.
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