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)

Comments (100)

  1. I hope you enjoy the lesson today ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a lovely week! CONTRIBUTE SUBTITLE TRANSLATIONS HERE: (Have your name displayed under the video as a token on my thanks)

  2. Lucy is an amazing english teacher…thank you for this wonderful video…l love it

  3. You're an amazing English teacher. Can i ask you is it considered unprofessional for a writer to use CAPITALS when EMPHASISING certain WORDS? Regards, Mike.

  4. Could you make a video about vocabulary in the hotel? That would be helpful.

  5. Excellent lesson.Thanks a lot


  7. LUCY HATES "VERY".haha.jk

  8. This is outstanding program that I have ever followed in YouTube, thank you so much, but the way you emphasize in word very should be avoided I think even in normal conversations if you hear it being said you'll rile up and lose your temper ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  9. Thank you so much! Greetings from Poland๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Amazing….Love to know your dad is a musician…i hav send one of my video in your Dm hope you would like it. Cuz in my up coming music album i wanna dediCate one of my song to you. I hope you will check. And apart from this jus loved watching you a lot.

  11. I've learned not to use adjectives but instead use their definitions in applications.

  12. Thanks a lot. It will be very helpful in English.

  13. After a long run , we are seeing each other once again dear Lucy ma'am,,,, why are you out of Station?????

  14. You are a compete teacher and a beautiful character, thank you for your service , Love you ! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  15. Keep it up ๐Ÿ’ช

  16. Hi Lucy! These lessons are so helpful. Please could you provide bibliography? Would like to read more about the first part of this video!

  17. Verey helpful thx

  18. Can I just say that I'm the best of the best?

  19. I can't remember vocabulary and their meaning what should I do?

  20. Thank you Lucy!! Very helpful! upss

  21. Correct avoid randomization thank you @lucy nice to see you

  22. I must prepare my English CVยดs version. Thatยดs completely different style and the way either Iยดve already done. Thank you so much for these business classes.

  23. I follow you from Belgium for many months and I want to tell you "thank you"!
    Thank you so much! I'm learning a lot thanks to you. I'm doing a bachelor degree in Management Assistant and I have deficiencies in English but I persevere. One day I will be bilingual (or nearly ๐Ÿ˜…).

  24. Hi Lucy
    Can you help me please
    The pronunciation whit this words
    Knight – night
    Bus – boss
    Fun – phone
    I really hace issues when i try to use this words
    Thanks for your help.

  25. Dear Lucy, thanks a lor for this lesson, it's extremely useful! But please check the spelling as there are some little things with mistakes. I'm sure you just wanted us to see this video as soon as possible, and we appreciate you! But at the same you do want everything is perfect in your project, don't you!
    3:11 important
    4:10 efficient way
    8:35 Education
    Thank you for your great job!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  26. A beutiful girl who can be a beautiful wife โคโคโคโค

  27. Good timing Lucy, I have an important interview this week with a Company in California, and your video is going to help me to improved my vocabulary for such interview.

    Have a wonderful Lucy Day darling.

    Best Regards


  28. This is what students need to learn from you Mrs. Lucy. Thank you so much for your dedication to find many great ideas of content. I am From Indonesia. Hopefully you could visit our Country and I can meet with you even a minute.

  29. Confusing You did use very in your cover letter example.

  30. I will share this video in my social media and Facebook because it is very important for the learners . Thanks soooooo much Lucy

  31. Thank so much! for this lesson, itโ€™s been made for me ๐Ÿ˜‰. ..reason..I am currently in hiring process..๐Ÿ‘

  32. uau girl . you are so good . thank you very much .
    I want more .

  33. Thanks Lucy for all ur advices . u r the best. Greetings from Mexico city ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Lucy, you said important from your mouth although you wrote "imortant" at definition of dedicated.

  35. Thanks so much Lucy I really got your video so much useful

  36. Hi Lucy, it's very interesting topic.
    I'm Indonesian, your subscriber and living In Indonesia.
    I Like your english program to improve my english skill. Keep it up and never give up.

  37. miss that old intro

  38. I am a robot. I will fulfill are your wishes, master. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  39. Hey Lucy, you had a small typo in no 14 (imortant / important). Anyhow, great work. Love the series, keep on going! Greeting from Germany

  40. this leasson was most benefitly lesson in youtube i ever seen. You have wonderfull concept and great contet. Thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Hello Lucy! Good to see you! It was a magical lesson. I can have realized a lot of my mistakes. Better late than never. Thank you so much!

  42. I really like the way you sat in that couch ๐Ÿ˜… and thanks for your helpful video ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด

  43. Hello ๐Ÿ‘‹ my teacher ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ

  44. I'm sure you'll talk about something like this in your interview videos, but I think some of your students might be interested to know how to get through an interview without being fake.ย  I know people who won't just say what they are expected to say because they can't bring themselves to be fake.ย  These people are sometimes perfect for a job, on paper, but they can't get past an interview because they won't be formulaic in their answers to questions and give brutally honest answers that the interviewer doesn't like.ย  How do you get through an interview for a job for which you are qualified if you aren't someone who can live with being artificial simply to get a desired response?ย  I love your videos!

  45. Plzmake tglhe videos about writing skill in bussiness letters

  46. Bella Lucy, let me thank you by saying I love you๐Ÿ˜˜

  47. Hi From Algeria. Thank u for this video and for those wonderful concepts. I really need this kind of videos for my students.

  48. I hold that each lesson indicates numerous efforts and hard working. What an amazement!

  49. Ur fairlly skilledfull in english and in other matters

  50. I hope you make a video about the Linkedin profiles: summary. Thanks for the video, for me, is useful.

  51. Lucy ,the best english teacher in youtube, thanks for some tips, lovely

  52. Hello Ms .lucy
    I want to marry with you !
    Is this possible….
    Whatever answer ….
    Please reply ….

  53. Thank you so much๐Ÿ˜‰ I am very happy๐Ÿ˜† why I didn't have teacher like you ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  54. Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜Š

  55. Mis.Lucy๏ผŒYou have a lot of fans in China. Why did you stop using weibo?

  56. Thanks, Lucy. Many useful words. I would say sounds a bit too self-praising. The CV is too British we call it Resume. This also gave a hint that depends on the country and culture where you're applying for a job and conduct the interview. However, I often have successfully used and pointed out that I have a proved record from previous experience and reference(s) from my employer(s). โœŒโœŒ

  57. Thank you so much Lucy for making this kind of informative video! So helpful and just give people who are trying to find a job a clearer idea of how to prepare. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. This helps so much !!

  59. Love this new format and the new edition. It's beautiful and inspiring. Thank you very very much Lucy!

  60. Mam can u please tell a perfect word for those men who have very healthy hair and beard , I mean how can we call them like for beard we have beardo

  61. lovely video. thank you Lucy.

  62. excellent class, this video is very complete, and you are a very clear teacher, as always … thank you, and I hope others soon ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  63. Wow!!! This will be definitely helpful when I apply to a company abroad!! Thank you so much Lucy!!

  64. Thank you so much for the phonetic spelling.

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

  66. Thanks for video , Lucy
    It's really interesting and useful

  67. Great advice! It helped me a lot๐Ÿ’ซ

  68. That was helpful

  69. Very nice background!

  70. Hi Lucy,
    Wonderful lesson, I admire your tips and suggestions for improvement.
    Thank you.

  71. 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!

  72. Madam looking preety… ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’ Give thumps up…

  73. 8:31 – "…and for Education" and the title says: "Creative" again…


  75. If you are reading my comment..
    I hope something unexpectedly good happens to you this week
    I really do…โคโค

  76. 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 ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    I hope that i find someday such a pretty teacher so i dont get bored ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  77. How am I supposted to learn anything if there are hundreds of words in this video? ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

  78. Hi , can u more explain which is why did u used most of the words in past tense .thanks

  79. Thank you for this course. I hope there will be more like it in the future.

  80. What a helpful lesson!

  81. 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…๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  82. You're absolutely talented and brilliant.

  83. 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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  84. 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?

  85. Excellent tips beautiful Lucy ๐Ÿ˜˜

  86. Can anyone explain me what is a well-thought-out way???

  87. 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!!!

  88. Awesome lesson ๐Ÿ™‚

  89. Lucy, thereโ€™s a spelling mistake in the word โ€œefficientโ€ (4.10) ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ

  90. 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.

  91. 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.

  92. 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 !!

  93. 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

  94. 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!!

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