CV’s… we all have one! (Even if you’ve not started on the career ladder yet)

Your CV is an essential tool for opening doors to new opportunities. It’s fascinating to consider how a simple sheet of paper can hold so much power in the job search process. With a well-crafted CV, you can showcase your skills and experience in a professional and compelling way. So take the time to ensure that your document is polished and tailored to each job you apply for.

Soft Skills

Soft skills are essential abilities that can be used in any job and are typically linked to one’s personality traits. They are not easy to teach and even harder to measure. In essence, soft skills refer to the way you interact and communicate with others, which is a crucial aspect of any job. Here are a few valued soft skills to consider:

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#1. Teamwork

Having strong teamwork skills is essential for success in any job.

Working with others is inevitable in most professions, so being able to thrive in a team environment is valued highly by employers. It’s important to demonstrate your ability to work effectively in a team setting when applying for jobs.

Here are some examples of effective teamwork to help guide you:

  • 𝙄𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙧𝙤𝙡𝙚, 𝙄 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙖 𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙧𝙖𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙖 𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙢 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙞𝙜𝙜𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠𝙨 𝙖𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙚
  • 𝙄 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙖 𝙨𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙥 𝙤𝙛 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙮𝙚𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙣 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙩 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬𝙡𝙚𝙙𝙜𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙧 𝙧𝙚𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙥 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩

When including team projects on your CV, it’s important to provide specific details. Be sure to mention who you collaborated with and if you worked with other departments. This demonstrates your adaptability. Additionally, showcasing your ability to work with senior colleagues as part of a team can highlight your sense of responsibility.

#2. Communication

It’s hard to think of a job that doesn’t involve communication.

In fact, studies have shown that 86% of employees believe poor communication is the primary reason for workplace failures. That’s why it’s essential to demonstrate your excellent communication skills to potential employers.

Effective communication is more than just exchanging information; it’s about making sure your ideas and thoughts are understood, and you understand the emotions and intentions behind what others say. By becoming an effective communicator, you can avoid misunderstandings and prevent frustration in the workplace. 

Here are some examples of incorporating communication skills on your resume:

  • Counselled a small group of colleagues on performance, resulting in a 20% increase in productivity.
  • Delivered monthly presentations to the senior management team to report progress

#3. Problem-Solving

Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t go to plan in the workplace and employers need to know that you are capable of identifying the problem and creating quick and effective solutions. Problem-solving skills allow you to resolve issues that may cost your employer time and money. 

When it comes to showcasing your problem-solving skills on your CV, there are several approaches you can take. One effective way is to provide examples of how you developed your skills. Here are a few ways to highlight your problem-solving abilities:

  • Mention them within your employment history section – By providing specific examples of how you applied your skills in a professional setting, you can give potential employers a better understanding of your capabilities. For example, “I identified inefficiencies on the website, decreasing website bounce rate by a significant amount”
  • Include examples from your educational experience – This can show a greater development of your skills as you’ve been practising them since your education.
  • List skills that represent your problem-solving ability – This is an alternative to just writing “Problem-Solving” in your skills section. Instead, include the related skill that helps you efficiently solve problems. Here are some examples of what you could put: Logical analysis, Creative mind, Thoughtful Planning…

#4. Leadership

Having leadership skills means having the strength and ability to oversee processes, motivate team members, and guide employees towards achieving targets. Employers value these traits even in non-managerial positions.

There are many types of leadership skills you can include on your resume. Here are a few common ones: 

  • Organisational skills – Being able to handle multiple projects simultaneously is a common task for many leaders. Therefore, possessing good organisational skills can greatly assist in accomplishing these tasks efficiently.
  • Delegation – The ability to delegate tasks efficiently is undoubtedly one of the most important skills that a leader should possess. This skill involves a wide range of activities, including planning, scheduling, organising projects, and many other tasks that are essential for successful leadership. Without proper delegation, it can be challenging to meet the demands of the workplace and achieve the desired results. Therefore, it is crucial to master this skill and apply it to your daily work routine to enhance your leadership capabilities.

Hard Skills

Job-specific skills are referred to as hard skills. They can be acquired through various means, such as formal education, certification programs, job experience, and training materials. While many people believe that hard skills are the most crucial factor in the hiring process, a LinkedIn study reveals that 57% of leaders prioritise soft skills over hard skills.

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#1. Computer Skills

In this modern era, where technology has taken over almost every aspect of our lives, having basic computer skills is of utmost importance. The demand for such skills has skyrocketed as many businesses have shifted their operations to the online platform. It has become important for employees to possess these skills to keep up with the ever-changing digital landscape and contribute to the growth of their organisations.

There are endless amounts of different computer skills you could add to your CV for example:

  • Software skills (Programming/Coding, Graphics & Design, Database management)
  • Hardware skills (Maintenance, Network configuration)
  • Basic Computer skills (MS Office, Spreadsheets, Email)

#2. Project Management Skills 

Having project management skills is crucial for effectively planning, managing, and executing projects. These skills involve a combination of both hard and soft skills, allowing one to manage resources, analyse performance, lead teams, and report progress.

Some examples of project management skills include:

  • Data analysis – a crucial skill for project management, enabling you to analyse resources, budget, schedule and ROI.
  • Time Management – To be a successful project manager you must have the ability to manage your own time and ensure target dates are achieved as well as, manage others’ time.
  • Effective communication – Being able to convey information and ideas clearly in ways others can understand is a huge key to project management. This includes both verbal communication and written.

#3. Language Skills

The ability to speak multiple languages can greatly enhance your resume and increase your chances of securing certain job opportunities. You never know when this skill may come in handy, as some roles require basic language knowledge. It is crucial to include your proficiency level when listing your language skills.

Here are some languages that are highly in demand:

  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • German 
  • Arabic 
  • Chinese 

#4. Analytical Skills

Data analysis is becoming more and more valued in the workplace as many organisations begin to analyse their competitors and progress in depth, identifying room for improvement. Now we are in the digital era almost all companies have a website to maintain which makes data analysis even more important! 

Here are common skills related to the analysis of data:

  • Data collection
  • Summarising & categorising 
  • Reporting 
  • Web analytics

Did you know, a key skill section with 15-20 words can help a job seeker’s chances of getting an interview? No one wants to read a huge endless list of skills. This is why you must conduct enough research to know what skills the employer is after and what keywords they have included, in order to catch their eye.

We at AvA-V understand how stressful job hunting can be at times. This is why we want to support job hunters as much as we can and secure you that big career opportunity. Just by including a skill section, you will already have a better CV than 10% of candidates, as a study indicates that only 89.81% of resumes have a skills section!

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