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Key Skills to put on a CV
What should I write? Is this ok? Should I add more skills? The list goes on.. There are so many questions we ask ourselves when writing a CV as we seek to create a CV that will land us the job we have always aspired to get and most importantly make us stand out from the crowd!
Where to start?
When brainstorming for ideas, it is important you have a clear vision of what you would like to achieve and what you are hoping the employer will see when looking at your CV, which will have a proper CV format. In order to achieve this, a great way to get going is to write down a plan of action, and tick off the steps as you get along.
Choose your Industry
For example, which industry are you looking to get into? Whilst most basic jobs do not need obligatory customised CV’s, some industries will require a CV that has been structured so as to make certain elements really stand out, even if you may have other skills or qualifications that you would like to stand out. PHD students will structure their CV so that all academic achievements are at the top of the list whereas someone looking to get into business activities will most likely list all jobs or activities that demonstrate their capabilities to solve problems, show good selling and interpersonal skills.
5 Key Skills to Include in your CV
Probably one of the most important skills to any employee are your interpersonal skills as you are very likely to be interacting with others once you are employed. Every company seeks out individuals who not only will add their intelligence and core competencies to the business but also the capacity to integrate themselves smoothly within the organisation.
Another crucial element when applying for jobs is to demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively. This is crucial as workplaces are ever evolving with rotating workspaces, meaning we are never next to the same colleague and dialogue is crucial to make others feel comfortable and aware that you are approachable if they are in need of help or advice.
Without decisions being taken on a daily basis, a lot of time, money and brain power goes wasted. The ability to make decisions under pressure is a skill that is widely underestimated on any CV for a job role as many people suddenly freeze when the stress levels heat up. Showing you have the capacity to put emotions aside when the going gets tough (for example in sports, or high risk activities) is a skill any employer is keen to make the most of.
As soon as you start a new job, your employer will most likely assign you several tasks to get started on or to join several ongoing projects for you to get up to speed on the current workload of the company. In order for you not to fall behind, or to make sure you are keeping up with the pace, good time management is essential as this shows several qualities appreciated by businesses. First and foremost, timekeeping showcases strong organisational capabilities, an ability to remain focused and to assign the right time frame for assignments to be finished depending on the complexities of the task at hand.
To lead by example, or to be a leader is not a skill that can be easily attributed as most people do not possess the natural capacity nor the wish to take greater responsibility when the moment arises. Showing an employer on several occasions where you have taken the initiative to lead and make sure a task is completed by assigning the right tasks to the right people depending on their attributes is a crucial skill as it shows your ability to be acutely aware of everyone’s capabilities and deploy them as best as possible.