The top 25 words to use on your CV


Are you looking for a new job or a new promotion?  Then you maybe need to make your CV sound a bit brighter or fresher.

Here are a list of the best positive buzz words to use.  You can sprinkle these words into your CV, but please be careful not to overdo it!

We also have a guide to writing a successful cv

Positive words to describe yourself:

  1. Able
  2. Creative
  3. Dependable
  4. Energetic
  5. Experience
  6. Flexible
  7. Hardworking
  8. Honest
  9. Imaginative
  10. Innovative
  11. Motivated
  12. Organised
  13. Reliable
  14. Sense of humour


  • I am able to handle multiple tasks on a daily basis
  • I use a creative approach to problem solve
  • I am a dependable person who is great at time management
  • I am always energetic and eager to learn new skills
  • I have experience working as part of a team and individually
  • I am flexible in my working hours being able to work evenings and weekends.

Positive words to describe your achievements:

  1. Achieved
  2. Competed
  3. Delivered
  4. Directed
  5. Helped
  6. Identified
  7. Managed
  8. On time
  9. Participated
  10. Savings
  11. Supervised
  12. Under budget
  13. Won


  • Katie achieved a pass grade for her Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor course.
  • Amy competes at National competitions in cheerleading
  • Matthew delivers all projects on time to his clients.
  • Aaron has directed theatre plays for his local Young Farmers Club which have won awards at a national level.
  • Fiona helps out at her local old people’s home on the weekends.
  • Tom identified a need for a new system at work and with managements backing it has been implemented.

Example Person statement: 

Rebecca is a talented, ambitious and hardworking individual with broad skills and experience in digital and printed marketing, social media and leading projects. Handling multiple tasks on a daily basis competently, working well under the pressure. One of her key strengths is communication; building strong relationships with people in order to deliver the best results.

Rebecca completed her Open degree including Business and Design modules at the Open University and is fully employed at Clearly Presented as a Digital Media Manager.

Do you have any other examples of positive words that you have used to good effect?  Please drop them in the box below.

Also check out our list of positive words to use.

We also have a guide to writing a successful cv

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Comments on: The top 25 words to use on your CV

These phrases are positive and dynamic .

Posted by Jeffrey Bradshaw — 15 Apr @ 11:43 am

I’m re-writing my CV at the moment and find this really useful.

Posted by Ricky Zielinski — 16 Apr @ 9:10 am

I’m currently re-writing my CV. Trying to find words to describe my transferable skills, i’ve used ”HIGHLY motivated and EXTREMELY punctual” but struggling to find more.

Posted by Nick Doonan — 17 Jul @ 9:49 am

Dear Sirs:

This is a wonderful an important material to increase the knowledge in these kind of topics.

I apprecite your special help.

Posted by Myriam — 6 Sep @ 2:12 pm

Thank you for posting this wonderful tool. I have included many of these words in my resumes and applications, and i think that they put me over the other applicants with the same qualifications.
Well done,

Posted by KC — 12 Nov @ 11:35 pm

Amazing I’m using this for my interview. Aamazing

Posted by Henna — 11 Jun @ 5:06 pm

what a load of rubbish. why cant you just be yourself why do we all have to conform to the same surely its all about what you have to say soon we be like a communist state…….

Posted by Anonymous — 26 Jun @ 4:31 am

Brilliant help. Thank you. I knew that my daughter was good at and what her personal traits are but I just couldn’t think of the right words. Well done!

Posted by kimfoulstone — 14 Sep @ 6:53 pm

i am always trustworthy

Posted by roberthilton — 16 Sep @ 5:54 pm

This is very good

Thank you

Posted by Anonymous — 18 Sep @ 2:59 pm

You should also do negative words so that we can understand what not to use in our CV

Posted by Anonymous — 18 Sep @ 3:00 pm

Used correctly and appropriately, the above words can work wonders.

However, there is a risk that they are over-used or (worse) used as ‘filler’, where the CV ends up being a mish-mash of buzz-words.

Use these key ‘postivifiers’ succinctly rather than sporadically thrown in, and you will see far more companies return to you offering an interview.

Posted by Sean McIver — 19 Sep @ 2:15 pm

You are a life saver!

Posted by JD — 5 Apr @ 10:53 pm

awarded is a good word to use

Posted by ang — 17 Oct @ 9:55 am

Yeahhhh, conform to not being conformist.
Cv are hard as employers usually only look at the cv for about 4/6 seconds.
Getting a job now is more about who you know, rather than what you know.. Etc.. If your face fits and are incapable of the job then you are fine.
Keeping at it people :)
Something always comes along.

Posted by bob — 14 Mar @ 2:24 pm

This is amazing, I used this via email and it worked wonders. Thank you.

Posted by kei quintana — 16 Mar @ 9:36 am

DO NOT use any of these words.

DO NOT say ‘I am creative/energetic/hardworking/dependable’. What have you done that shows you are creative, energetic hardworking/dependable?, use your achievements to highlight your skills and let the employer judge for themselves!

These so called ‘buzz-words’ are found on every cv, use creative ways of writing to give the same impression…


Posted by anon — 4 Jul @ 1:54 am

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