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When job hunting, it goes without saying that having a winning CV is extremely important. After all, you need to be able to effectively showcase your experience so far, shout about your relevant qualifications and demonstrate how you can apply your skills in this new role.
This means you need to go beyond simply listing out a few relevant keywords to try and make a great impression. Instead, you need to include a section in your CV that brings your skills to life and immediately tells the employer why they should hire you.
Below, we’ll take you through our top tips on how to boost your skills section on your CV.
Firstly, it’s important to ensure that you know what’s required of you in this potential new role. A recruiter will only spend a mere 30 seconds scanning through your CV, so it needs to get to the point straight away in order to grab their attention.
In order to achieve the above, you should look back at the job description for the role you’re applying for and highlight the key skills that are required for the job. Usually, these will be placed under their own heading, so they should be easy to find.
Go through these and highlight the areas that you know you’re proficient in. If you’re able to successfully match up your own skills, with those needed for the job, you’re definitely in a great position! Now it’s time to highlight these on your CV.
In order to bring your skills to life, it’s important to provide practical examples. Doing so will help the recruiter to understand how you put your skills into practice. For example, rather than just listing ‘strong communication skills’, you could try something along the lines of ‘strong communication skills, proven to resolve customer issues.’
Alternatively, if you wanted to show off your organisation skills, you may choose to say ‘outstanding organisation skills, proven to ensure that projects are completed in time and targets are overachieved.’ Essentially, for every skill that you list, you should think of something positive that has happened as a result.
Alongside the above, your CV can benefit from you using statistics to back up your case in a range of areas.
For example, if your blog writing resulted in an increase in traffic, why not use a percentage to make it sound even more impressive. Here, you could say something like, ‘strong copywriting skills, proven to boost traffic to the website by 120%’.
Alternatively, maybe you want to talk about the quantity of the work you produce, ‘strong copywriting skills, with the ability to write up to 15 engaging articles per week.’
If you’re not applying to a particular job, or the advert doesn’t clearly outline the skills it’s after, it’s worth doing some research. Familiarise yourself with key soft skills, such as communication, organisation, time management, proactivity and interpersonal skills. Most employers will want to see that you’re proficient in these areas as they’re traits of hard workers.
Alongside this, think about the hard skills required for the role. These are the teachable abilities, such as the ability to use a certain software, or to write a certain way. By understanding what is typically required in that role, you’ll be able to boost your CV in no time.
The skills section of your CV is extremely important. After all, it complements your education and experience and is designed to tell an employer why you’re the right person for the job. Use it to your advantage and make sure that you use examples and figures to back up what you’re saying.
By taking on the above advice, you’ll be sure to have a winning CV that will help you land an interview in no time!
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