Looking for a new job?

The Americans call it ‘résumé’. The Brits call it ‘CV’ (this is an abbreviation for ‘curriculum vitae’). In German, it’s ‘Lebenslauf’.

If you’re looking for a new job, you want your résumé/CV to stand out, don’t you? So which words should you avoid? And more importantly, which words should you be using? You’ll find the 17 worst and the 15 best phrases on the careerbuilder.com website.


If you’re happy and you know it …

If you’re happy and you know it …

Happy girlsAre you looking for different ways to express happiness and sadness?
My favourite phrases for happiness are:

I’m on top of the world.
I’m on cloud nine.
I’m in seventh heaven.

And for sadness are:
I feel really down about it all.
I’m feeling very low about it.
He’s down in the dumps today.
Macmillan Dictionary has a list of more phrases you might like to use: http://www.macmillandictionaryblog.com/language-tip-of-the-week-feeling-happy
Have a nice day :(

Have a nice day :(

Have a great day banner

As far as I know the phrases “Have a nice day” or “Have a great day” originally come from America and were used by shop assistants as a way of saying goodbye. Perhaps they are still used, I don’t know. But what I do know is that I find them rather impersonal. Can’t we think of something better to say at the end of a conversation?

What about saying one of the following phrases instead?

  • It was good to see you again.
  • I enjoyed meeting/talking to you.
  • Thank you for your help.
  • I hope you have a lovely day.
  • Goodbye – and enjoy the rest of the day.

Would you like to read more on this subject.? Here’s an article from BBC News called “Have a nice day? No thanks”.