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Skills that your CV desperately needs

Skills that your CV desperately needs

JULY 2017

Your CV need to reflect your skills. Link your key skills to workplace experience or any other outside of employment situations. So remember to give examples!

Most key skills fall into one of three categories:

  • Transferable skills

Skills that you acquired in one company but can be used in many different positions.

  • Job-related skills

Skills that are specific to a certain position and may require additional trainings to acquire them.

  • Adaptive skills

Skills that belongs more to personality that learning.

Let’s dig deeper on how to address them in your CV.

Examples of transferable skills

  • Reading or writing related skills. So being able to digest information and present it in written form.
  • Computer skills. If you are good with computers then consider this to be a transferable skill.
  • Management experience. If you have managed people before then it can benefit another employer.
  • Commercial skills. People who can negotiate and handle figures possess the skill which is sought after in many organisations.
  • Deadline success. Being able to work to deadlines is something that doesn't happen in all jobs, but if you are used to it then this is a key transferable skill desired in many companies.

Mention transferable skills in your CV as you have picked them up throughout your employment history.

Examples of job-related skills

  • Brick laying. Although many construction firms need brick laying skills, it is unlikely you will be able to use this skill to find work outside of the building sector.
  • Nursing skills. Being a qualified nurse shows you have certain transferable skills like being caring or organised, but nursing itself is a job-related skill which only really works in the healthcare sector.
  • Mechanical engineering. Being able to work and repair engines is a job-related skill. It may mean you can transfer into related sectors but probably only within similar roles unless you have other transferable skills to offer.
  • Accountancy qualifications. Bookkeeping and accountancy roles are on offer within a wide range of organisations which presents plenty of job choice. However, this job-related skill narrows down that choice to certain types of jobs only.

Remember that many job-related skills imply transferable ones so they are always worth mentioning. It is best to add any courses or qualifications that are job-related.

Examples of adaptive skills

  • Team working. Not everyone is a team player, but team working is an important adaptive skill that many employers are looking for.
  • Loyalty. Been in your job for a long time and seen it through thick and thin? Then mention it on your CV.
  • Positivity. If you are the sort of person who sees the glass as half full, then this shows your positivity. Employers tend to favour positive people.
  • Creativity. Some jobs cry out for creative people. If you paint, play music or are even good at telling jokes, then this may show off your creative skills.
  • Adaptability. Being flexible is something we all need in the workplace from time to time, but some are better at it than others.
  • Tenacity. Taking ownership of problems and seeing them through is a key skill in many organisations. If you can demonstrate this from your past career, then include it on your CV.

Be proud of the skills that you have and remember to add them to your CV… with real life examples.


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