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High Impact CVs: 52 brilliant ideas for making your résumé sensational by John Middleton

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25Show some oomph

Don’t let your CV become an acronym for ‘Characterless Verbalese’. Instead, use positive, active language to convey enthusiasm and make yourself (even) more interesting.

Only apply for a job if you think you can do it and if you find the prospect exciting. You need the right qualifications, of course, but a sizeable dollop of enthusiasm and commitment is equally important.

However, conveying this can be a linguistic challenge: in essence, your CV is just a bunch of words. It’s one thing for you to exude in the flesh enthusiasm and commitment to take on a new role, but it’s something entirely different to be able to communicate those qualities in writing.

When we write a CV, there’s a curious tendency for some of us to use ...

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