Most people know that their CV needs to include a ‘Skills’ or ‘Strengths’ section. A well thought out list of your main Skills is very important. This can be presented in a simple, bullet point list. But is this enough?
I’ve read many CVs over the years. My observation is that the Skills section is often either too brief or too long. Given that this section of your CV may well be one of the most important sections, you really should aim to get it right. So how do you do this?
Make a list of all your skills, paying particular attention to the transferable ones. These are the skills that can be used in a variety of different jobs and contexts. Once you have this list, divide them up into groups of skills that go together. E.g. skills related to communication and teamwork will work well together. Skills related to management tasks will work well together etc.
Now give each group some kind of functional heading. ‘Communication’ and ‘Management ‘will work well for the groups above. You should probably aim for 3-4 groups of skills in your CV, and they should be organised under good headings. Click on the chart to enlarge.
When you apply for a job, your first step is to carefully read the job advertisement. Use a highlighter to identify all the skills that are required as they appear throughout. Keep these in mind as you prepare your CV to go with your application.
And to answer the question:
Is Your List of Skills Really That Important in Your CV?
Many recruiters tell me that the skills list is one of the first things they read in a person’s CV.
If a person doesn’t have the skills required to do a job, there’s not much point in reading the rest of the CV.
So ‘YES’ it really is important to have a well-crafted list of your skills.
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If you are job searching of changing jobs, and you need help to shape up good cover letters and CVs, then book in some coaching sessions with me. I’ll help you work out the best strategy for you, and give you clear guidance on how to write and format Cover Letters, CVs and your LinkedIn Profile.
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