What your CV says about you

(Belinda Booker) #1

Interesting research just out that shows the language men and women use in their CVs is very different. Oleeo analysed 200,000 CVs and found that 90% of the top 10 words used in male CVs are powerful proper nouns and nouns, while just 68% of the top 10 terms on female CVs are such words.

Women are more likely to use words such as volunteer, assistant, organise, create, community and social, while equivalently qualified men are more likely to use stronger sounding words such as engineer, analyst, technology, investment, business and leadership.

The study also found that female candidate CVs tend to be longer and use a greater variety of words. The point the authors made was that gender bias could come into play even if the CVs are anonymised. Do you think your gender would be obvious from your CV?