This site provides a quick, free means of checking the quality of the words used
in a CV, resume or LinkedIn profile. There is nothing to download or install and the system presents the results in a clear simple manner.
You do not even have to
subscribe or register to use this service.
Insert your CV in textarea on the left
Your CV is not stored on the system or passed on to anyone else.
Scroll down for further advice on selecting words for a CV, resume
or LinkedIn profile, and an explaination of techniques used in this website.
Finding the right words is an important task and is not easy. This site makes this process easier to manage. The words that a person selects
will determine the image they want to portray and hence influence if they proceed to an interview stage.
A well written document
with a careful selection of words will make a difference.
Certain words and phrases used in a CV are key influences in deciding which candidates proceed to an interview stage. This website checks the good and bad words and phrases present. This allows a person, who cannot afford
professional help, to improve their CV. Or use it to compare the before and after results from using
a professional writer.
The service simply requires you to cut and paste your CV into the text box on the left.
Then submit this and the results appear immediately.
The results consist of colour coded tables which list the good and bad word selections.
Everything good is green, everything bad is red. In addition the whole CV appears using the same colour scheme. The system does
not store your CV anywhere. It just uses algorithms to process your words.
There is a link CV Examples with three examples for you to try.
You can even use this facility to check the quality of a professionally written CV. They should produce a generous amounts of green words and few
red words or phrases should appear.
A good CV will use language which is positive and confident. This is the type of person every employer wants to interview.
There is much research which indicates that using power or action words can achieve this.
They produce an extra impact and make a CV appear more dramatic, dynamic and interesting.
This attracts the attention of employers.
Action words are action verbs which define work experience or define skills and abilities.
Using these words in the past tense gives the impression that a candidate has achieved something.
Using the present tense suggests the event is still in progress, not yet completed or the necessary skills are not fully developed.
This site detects all the action words in your CV, written in the past tense and highlights them in green. This gives an indication of the number of action words used.
Thus a well written CV will have a reasonable sprinkling of green words in it.
Is there a list of these action words ?
In short , yes there is. The linkCV Words to usetakes you to a whole page containing these action words.
There are approximately 500 of them. They are a mixture of past participles and adverbs.
The first table on the results page contains all the action words in your CV.
They appear exactly as they do on the results page.
In order to constantly jog your memory about these action words, a random
selection appears, in bold green crawling near the top of each page on this site. This also contains some useful adjectives. So, if you decide to use more action words,
examples a always easy to find.
Language to avoid in a CV
There are four groups of word to avoid.
Passive voice use
This site detects and highlights these occurrences red,
which are then displayed on the results page. Bad words on your CV can sabotage it. Many words have a negative impact