Business English Vocabulary for SELLING & DESCRIBING yourself | Business English Course Lesson 3

Business English Vocabulary for SELLING & DESCRIBING yourself | Business English Course Lesson 3


– 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”. It’s far too dismissive. And the last one you should avoid is “try”. It makes you sound unconfident in your ability to execute something. Right, that’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you enjoyed it. I hope you learnt something. Don’t forget to connect with me on all of my social media. I’ve got my Facebook, I’ve got my Instagram, and I’ve got my Twitter. And I shall see you soon for another lesson. (kiss sound) (upbeat music)

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  1. I hope you enjoy the lesson today πŸ™‚ On Friday we will start learning about the most common interview questions and how to answer them! On Wednesday my much awaited 50 Weird Facts about British Culture is coming out! There is a lot to look forward to πŸ˜€ Have a lovely week! CONTRIBUTE SUBTITLE TRANSLATIONS HERE: http://bit.ly/EWLBEC3subs (Have your name displayed under the video as a token on my thanks)

  2. Hi Lucy, great lessons, thank you a lot. Nice studio, is this in your home or what a location is that you are filming ?

  3. Dear Lucy, thank you very much indeed for the first three business English lessons. They are highly helpful and just in time for me as I'm going to send a cover letter with my CV attached (and I hope that phone interview will follow as well). Let me only draw your attention to the fact that in the last verbs category 'Education' in the video is written 'Creative'. Please be attentive in the next videos. Sorry about that. I'm really, really looking forward to the next lessons!

  4. If you are reading my comment..
    I hope something unexpectedly good happens to you this week
    I really do…❀❀

  5. I came to learn english. But i forgor about that now i just come to see your face. I tkhink that is the love that we see in movies πŸ˜πŸ˜β€οΈπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    I hope that i find someday such a pretty teacher so i dont get bored πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  6. Wow…
    I think that more then enough lucy…
    Many words even i had forgotten when i got interview on several companies…
    Thank for the leason…
    It will useful for me…
    I love you…😍😘

  7. Hi! How are you? I hope you are well.

    Thank you for your wonderful videos!
    I discovered that youtube is not mentioning this video in the new play list .. please could you kindly add it there? πŸ™‚

    Thank you again for your time and patience, keep up with the good job!
    Anna xoxoxo

  8. Hello,i have watched the full video yet,I did not understand the part concerning management and leadership,communication… And so forth,are they adjectives to describe a person?

  9. I really love your channel but I didn't like this kind of video. It's not dynamic, it sounds a little bored. Is not funny like 99% of your videos and I watched all of them. Sorry. I'm here to give some feedback not criticized ok? I'm really enjoy and like your channel. Thank you a lot!!!

  10. Lucy, there’s a spelling mistake in the word β€œefficient” (4.10) 😘❀️

  11. honestly, you are a great teacher !! and this course really made a difference in my English, thank you for doing it for free. you are a very good teacher and person and you deserve the best.

  12. Dear Lucy, congratulations on your hard work. Could you possibly help me out with a couple of examples of "logged" in the sense proposed by you in the video above? I have looked it up on the Internet, but I have not been able to come across any reliable sentences so far. I thank you in advance for your time.

  13. Hello Lucy !! You are such a wonderful teacher and your videos are a beautiful knowledge resource (also quite literally) !! Much love and regards from India !! <3
    .
    I noticed a little error in the video by chance … The word 'efficient' is misspelled in the definition of 'organized'.
    I hope this was of some help !! Thank You so much !!

  14. Excellent lesson and very helpful. I would like to point out that you have the wrong title in the 11th minute. Creative instead of education

  15. Hello Lucy, thank you very much, all of vocabs are useful. in the 08:35 you talk about education words but it still shows creative!!

  16. ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF

    1 DETERMINED

    2 HARD-WORKING

    3 DILIGENT

    4 TRUSTWORTHY

    5 A TEAM PLAYER

    6 MOTIVATED

    7 RELIABLE

    8 A SELF- STARTER

    9 LOYAL

    10 STUDIUOS

    11 ATTENTIVE

    12 CONSCIENTIOUS

    13 INDUSTRIOUS

    14 DEDECATED

    15 DYNAMIC

    16 ENTERPRISING

    17 ENTHUSIATIC

    18 SELF-AWARE

    19 CONSISTANT

    20 ORGANIZED

    21 PROFESSIONAL

    22 METHODICAL

    23 LOGICAL

    24 SKILLFUL

    25 PASSIONATE

    VERBS

    MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP

    assigned

    delegated

    scheduled

    organised

    directed

    communication

    addressed

    negociated

    authored

    corresponded

    moderated

    Research

    clarified

    critiqued

    examined

    inspected

    investigated

    Technical skills

    assembled

    computed

    fabricated

    programmed

    calculted

    ORGANISATION

    categorized

    catalogued

    compiled

    logged

    charted

    FINANCIAL

    appraised

    audited

    balanced

    budgeted

    forecasted

    CREATIVE

    conceptualised

    invented

    shaped

    illustrated

    designed

    EDUCATION

    coached

    guided

    stimulated

    informed

    adviced

    NEVER USE THESE WORDS
    stuff
    things
    to get
    very/fairly/quite/really
    just
    probably
    i think..
    personnaly
    i am not sure ..
    i feel like..
    whatever
    to try

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