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  • - Hello everyone.

  • And welcome back to English With Lucy.

  • In this lesson, I'm going to teach you

  • how you can sell yourself in English

  • on your CV, in your cover letter,

  • and in your interviews.

  • (electronic sound)

  • (upbeat music)

  • In your CV,

  • your cover letter,

  • your telephone interviews,

  • and your job interviews,

  • you are selling yourself.

  • Language plays a huge part in this.

  • In this lesson,

  • I'm going to teach you about the weak words

  • you should avoid saying

  • and the powerful words you should use instead.

  • To start, let's talk about 25 words

  • you should use to sell yourself.

  • You should pick a handful of these that describe you

  • and see how you can work them

  • into your job application process.

  • Number one, determined.

  • Determined.

  • This means that you have determination to get a job done.

  • Number two, hard-working.

  • Hard-working.

  • This means that you put a lot of effort into a job,

  • and you like to do it well.

  • Number three, diligent.

  • Diligent.

  • This means that you show care

  • and effort in your work.

  • Number four, trustworthy.

  • Trustworthy.

  • This means that people can rely on you to be good,

  • honest, and sincere.

  • Number five, a team player.

  • A team player.

  • This means you work well in a team.

  • Number six, motivated.

  • Motivated.

  • This means that you are willing to do something

  • that involves hard work and effort.

  • Number seven, reliable.

  • Reliable.

  • This means you can be trusted to do something well.

  • Number eight, a self-starter.

  • A self-starter.

  • This means you're a person who is able to work on their own,

  • and make their own decisions

  • without needing anyone to tell them what to do.

  • Number nine, loyal.

  • Loyal.

  • This means you will remain faithful to your company.

  • Number 10, studious.

  • Studious.

  • This means you spend a lot of time studying or reading.

  • 11, attentive.

  • Attentive.

  • This means that you are helpful,

  • and make sure that people have what they need.

  • 12, conscientious.

  • Conscientious.

  • This means that you take care

  • to do things carefully and correctly.

  • 13, industrious.

  • Industrious.

  • This means you are hard working

  • and get a lot done.

  • 14, dedicated.

  • Dedicated.

  • This means that you work hard at something

  • because it's important to you.

  • 15, dynamic.

  • Dynamic.

  • This means that you produce change,

  • action, or effects.

  • 16, enterprising.

  • Enterprising.

  • This means you have the ability

  • to think of new projects,

  • or new ways of doing things.

  • 17, enthusiastic.

  • Enthusiastic.

  • This means that you show a lot of excitement,

  • and interest about things.

  • 18, self-aware.

  • Self-aware.

  • This means you have a lot of knowledge,

  • and understanding, of your own character.

  • 19, consistent.

  • Consistent.

  • This means you always behave

  • in a predictable way.

  • 20, organised.

  • Organised.

  • This means that you are able to plan your work

  • and life in an efficient way.

  • 21, professional.

  • Professional.

  • This means that you are well trained

  • and extremely skilled.

  • 22, methodical.

  • Methodical.

  • This means that you do things

  • in a systematic way.

  • 23, logical.

  • Logical.

  • This means that you do things in a careful

  • and well-thought-out way.

  • 24, skillful.

  • Skillful.

  • This means that you are good at doing something,

  • especially something that needs a particular ability

  • or special training.

  • And the last one, number 25, it's passionate.

  • Passionate.

  • This means that you become emotionally invested

  • in what you're doing.

  • Career advisors will often talk about including

  • powerful action verbs in your CV and cover letter.

  • But what are they?

  • They are impactful verbs

  • that express physical or mental action.

  • They make you seem like you really know

  • what you're talking about.

  • I'm going to talk about eight categories.

  • And for each category,

  • I will give you five powerful action verbs

  • that you can use.

  • You should pick a handful of these

  • to use in your CV, cover letter,

  • and in your job interviews.

  • Let's start with management and leadership.

  • Assigned.

  • Assigned.

  • Delegated.

  • Delegated.

  • Organised.

  • Organised.

  • Scheduled.

  • Scheduled.

  • Directed.

  • Directed.

  • Now, for communication.

  • Addressed.

  • Addressed.

  • Corresponded.

  • Corresponded.

  • Moderated.

  • Moderated.

  • Negotiated.

  • Negotiated.

  • Authored.

  • Authored.

  • And for research.

  • Clarified.

  • Clarified.

  • Critiqued.

  • Critiqued.

  • Examined.

  • Examined.

  • Inspected.

  • Inspected.

  • Investigated.

  • Investigated.

  • And for technical skills.

  • Assembled.

  • Assembled.

  • Calculated.

  • Calculated.

  • Computed.

  • Computed.

  • Fabricated.

  • Fabricated.

  • Programmed.

  • Programmed.

  • Now for organisation.

  • Catalogued.

  • Catalogued.

  • Compiled.

  • Compiled.

  • Categorised.

  • Categorised.

  • Logged.

  • Logged.

  • Chartered.

  • Chartered.

  • And for financial.

  • Appraised.

  • Appraised.

  • Audited.

  • Audited.

  • Balanced.

  • Balanced.

  • Budgeted.

  • Budgeted.

  • Forecasted.

  • Forecasted.

  • And for creative.

  • Conceptualised.

  • Conceptualised.

  • Designed.

  • Designed.

  • Illustrated.

  • Illustrated.

  • Invented.

  • Invented.

  • Shaped.

  • Shaped.

  • And for education.

  • Coached.

  • Coached.

  • Guided.

  • Guided.

  • Stimulated.

  • Stimulated.

  • Informed.

  • Informed.

  • Advised.

  • Advised.

  • For the last part of this lesson

  • I'm going to talk to you

  • about the words you should never use

  • in your interview,

  • in your CV,

  • or your cover letter.

  • These are weak words

  • and you should avoid them.

  • Firstly, you should never use "stuff"

  • and you should never use "things".

  • "Stuff" and "things" are lazy words.

  • You should only use them,

  • very sparingly,

  • when you're intentionally trying to be informal.

  • Use a more descriptive noun instead.

  • The next word you should never use is the verb to "get".

  • This verb is way too ambiguous.

  • It means so many things.

  • I have an entire video

  • about the many meanings of "get".

  • And it's one of the most confusing words

  • in the English language.

  • It's a weak word.

  • Avoid using it.

  • Another word that I've discussed extensively before

  • on my channel is "very".

  • "Very" is an intensifier,

  • and you should use a powerful adjective instead.

  • "Fairly", "really", and "quite"

  • should also be avoided in the same way as "very".

  • Another word that many career advisors

  • will tell you to avoid

  • is "just".

  • It means "only" or "simply".

  • For example, "I just wanted to check

  • "if you've received my application."

  • It implies that it shouldn't be prioritised.

  • Instead ask something along the lines

  • of, "Did you receive my application?"

  • It's more powerful.

  • Another you should avoid is "probably".

  • It shows doubt or uncertainty.

  • Another group of words you should avoid

  • are "I think... ",

  • "In my opinion... ",

  • "Personally... ",

  • "I'm not sure... ",

  • "I feel like... ".

  • This gives people the chance to dismiss what you've said.

  • Another one is "whatever".