But forget scented paper, a full-size portrait or edible bribes, according to one expert there’s just one word you need to include in your CV to increase your chances of getting that dream job. And no, it’s not ‘legend’.
“Introduce the word ‘which’ into your resume and it will instantly gain depth and substance. Why? Because the explanations that follow from ‘which’ put all your accomplishments and responsibilities into context,” recruitment expert Erica Seidel told Fast Company. (Watch: The 14 morning habits of successful people. Post continues after video.)
So can one little word really make that much difference?
“It’s very important to quantify your accomplishments on your CV. Recruiters and hiring managers don’t want to read what you think about yourself, they want to read about your results,” says Jane McNeill, Director of recruiting experts Hays.
Using the word ‘which’ can help ensure you include your results and achievements rather than simply list skills.
“For example, anyone can say they are innovative, but not everyone can say they successfully designed and delivered a new online sales booking system which in the first six months increased sales by 20 per cent,” she says.
“The important point to remember is that recruiters and hiring managers want to read about your results.” (Post continues after gallery.)
Remember, it’s not a time to be modest – your CV should reflect your work achievements with evidence to back it up.
“Examples could be ‘I independently designed and implemented a new strategy which increased sales by 25 per cent’ or ‘I implemented a new HR strategy which reduced staff attrition by 13 per cent’,” suggests McNeill.