How to Write About Your Skills on Your CV

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How to Write About Your Skills on Your CV

Writing a perfect CV can be a challenge. You fret about every last detail, from the format of your CV to the font you used. Some agonise over which paper to print it on to get the most professional look.

While these details can help make a lasting impression, your potential employer is going to focus on your skill sets. Here are a few tips to remember when writing your CV that will help you get an interview.

 How to Write About Your Skills on Your CV

  • Skills are not the same as strengths. You may not think there’s a difference, but your potential employer certainly does. They want to know what you can do, but they also want to know what you excel at. Strengths come naturally, whereas skills are learned through training or experiences. Don’t confuse the two, or you might not get a callback.
  • Know where to put skills on your CV. There’s no written rule stating a specific layout for your CV. However, key placement of sections can boost your chances of getting an interview by holding the person’s attention. For the best chance at an interview, skills should go after your statement (where you tell a bit about yourself) and before your relevant education information. If you have a lot of work experience in the field you’re applying for, you can include your skills in a section after listing said experience.
  • Know what skills you should include. Although your ability to balance ten paperclips on your tongue may be impressive, you don’t need to list it on your CV. Employers are looking for three types of skills: transferrable, job-related and adaptive. Transferable skills are skills you can take with you to another job or department should you transfer. Job-related skills focus more on skills that are specifically for the job you’re applying for. Adaptive skills focus more on things like how personable you are and how you deal with difficult situations.
  • Make sure your CV is error-free. This can include anything from proper formatting to ensuring your CV is grammatically correct. Before you print your CV, examine it in Print Preview to check for consistency in spacing, spelling errors and readability. If your CV seems too busy, try using bullet points for listing your skill sets or work experience. Above all, make sure you get your own information (which should be listed at the top) correct. No one will hire you if you can’t spell your own name.

 In the end, what skills you decide to put on your CV is entirely up to you, but using these tips will give you a greater chance at being hired. Employers appreciate a well-formatted CV that lists valuable skills that make a lasting impression. Market yourself in the correct way, and you may find yourself sitting at a brand new desk before you know it.

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