8 keywords to include in your CV

We all know that when applying for jobs, the quality of our CV is critical. It can be daunting to write and can leave our minds reeling with questions; ‘What do I say?’ ‘Are there any specific keywords to include that make me sound better?’ ‘How do I not sound cocky?’

This blog post will answer those questions for you, giving you eight keywords to include in your CV that prove popular with employers.


This may seem an obvious one to mention, but having a sense of responsibility in the workplace is a key function to have.

You can also talk about the responsibilities within the job itself and any potential achievements you had as a result.

It’s important that you’re not vague about your responsibilities and that you’re specific about particular areas you’ve excelled in. Include this keyword in your CV to help the employer understand what you’re capable of in the workplace.


While this may sound similar to your responsibilities, talking in depth about your skill set – hard and soft – can be extremely beneficial.

Your skills are what makes you stand out to employers. Remember, this doesn’t need to be restricted to what you’ve gained from previous employment. It’s a good idea to add your adaptive skills, such as teamwork, communication and prioritisation.

Work ethic

The standard you work to is one of the first things employers will want to understand. While it’s possible that they’ll ask your references at a later stage, including this keyword on your CV is critical.

How you work will make you more appealing to your potential new boss. So, try to show that you’re willing to exceed and succeed in your job. Maybe mention examples of where you went above and beyond what was expected of you in a previous role.


Like talking about responsibility, it’s easy to understate the importance of talking about your experience in your CV. Your experience in the workplace, whether paid or unpaid, can have a large impact on an employer’s impression of you.

They may also ask for specific examples of relevant experience at the interview stage, so, it’s worth including this keyword in your CV to give you a better chance of being shortlisted.

What’s more, research has shown that leading employers value work experience over grades, so summarising your experience into a few succinct bullet points is crucial.


The way you organise yourself at work has to be evident to employers past, present and future; the more you talk about this in your CV, the more impressed potential bosses will be.

It doesn’t have to be restricted to organising your daily duties either. Talk about your time keeping, punctuality, or even organising your workspace. Just make sure you can demonstrate organisation on paper, in preparation for your interview.

The big ‘I’

This is perhaps the most important keyword to include in your CV. When sending your CV out, you’re essentially ‘selling yourself’ to possible new bosses.

Talking about yourself in the first person may seem obvious, but it’s easy to slip into the habit of talking about the other people you’ve worked with, sometimes more than yourself.

Even when you talk about something you achieved as part of team, try to focus on any ideas, leadership skills or even motivation that you provided to the team, to complete said achievement.


The way you communicate may seem obviously important in the world of work, but both verbal and written forms can be overlooked when deciding which keywords to include in your CV.

If you think about it, your CV is already a test of your communication skills. How you convey your skills and personality to employers will determines whether you make it to the interview stage.

Therefore, your written communication skills must be on display even when you write about what you’ve learnt in previous roles.


Your confidence and self-esteem is one part of your personality that future employers want to see the most.

Without standing on the rooftops singing, “I have confidence in sunshine! I have confidence in rain!” (not that you can do that in interviews either!), there are ways to show how confident you were in your past jobs.

For example, talk about the areas you excelled in within each role. The more skills and achievements you can say you did well at; the more likely you’ll come across as an upbeat, positive person.

Understand what keywords in include in your CV?

Your CV is one of the most important documents you’ll ever write in your working life and it can be hard to describe yourself professionally. However, if you understand what keywords to include in your CV, they’ll more than likely work to your advantage.

About the author: Emma Gullon is a guest blogger for CV-Library. As well as writing advisory blogs here, she also has her own blog, Curious Reviews, in which she writes reviews on theatre shows in the Yorkshire area.