Resumes/CVs Business Vocabulary

Using the right vocabulary and power words can make your CV stand out.

A CV (Curriculum Vitae) or resume, which is used while applying for jobs, is a description of one's educational background, professional experiences, and transferable abilities. Writing a strong CV is crucial to landing the job of your dreams because it's typically the first thing a recruiter looks at. Your CV may stand out by using the correct terminology and key words. Keep in mind to be succinct and precise. Make sure your grammar is proper and proofread for errors.


Personal details

Here you state your name and contact information. Some people include their age, photo and marital status, however it is not obligatory to do so and considering factors like age and looks in hiring decisions is frowned upon.


A profile summarizes the most important elements of your CV. It’s an opportunity to draw attention to things you want to highlight. It’s best to write it after the other elements of your CV are finished.


List your education in reverse order. Start with your most recent school or college. If you have earned a higher degree don’t include high school and lower education information. Include the year of obtaining a degree or finishing a school, your grades if they were above average and any exceptional accomplishments or extracurricular activities.

Work experience

Like in the case of education list your work experience in reverse order. List the companies you have worked at, duration of your employment, the position you held, your accomplishments and responsibilities.


It’s important to not only list your skills but also provide some evidence or examples of use, at least elaborate on each skill and write more about it instead of just saying that you are i.e. motivated.


This is your chance to make yourself stand out and show your personality. Don’t state obvious interests, instead differentiate yourself from the rest of the crowd and focus on your not-so-typical hobbies. Include something you are passionate about that is related to the field you are working in.


Knowing these and other business terms will give you a leg up in the business world. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the vocabulary so that you can be as successful as possible.