Written by James Grant

Skills are the core of your CV, they embody what you can do and demonstrate the type of person you can be. A recruiter will want to know your skills quickly and easily to find you the correct role which will suit you. The below is an explanation of the way you should place your skills on your CV.

CV’s – What are skills?

A skill is the ability to do something or to complete a particular task. People are not born with complex skills, we develop them through the experiences we have in both life and work. Complex skill such as playing a musical instrument and programming are the skills that Weavee focusses on. Known as transferable skills they are those you can transfer from one occupation to another and build upon throughout life.

What are transferable skills?

Weavee focuses on transferable skills, the skills that a person can use in many jobs. Transferable skills are gained from previous jobs, education, hobbies and all parts of your life. The current focus of Weavee is to build a consistent data-set, we are researching a lot into what a skill is. This has helped as to identify a consistent description of a skill and to define what level of skill to match people to jobs.

A typical example we us is the difference between “website development” which is a category and “JavaScript” which is a skill. It is something that can be quantified and transferred to other roles. By you understanding this difference you will be able to better understand how to identify your skills.

Tips to identify your skills

Start by writing about what you need for your job, it is always good to reflect on what you have achieved over the years. After this list down what you have done and achieved, this may include:

Previous jobs
Education
Interests and your involvement in other projects
Home life
Volunteer work
Other life experience

 

After listing your experience and achievements break down each of your lists and ask yourselves what core skills did you need to complete each task and what have you learned. For example, if you completed a computer degree you could potentially say you used the JavaScript programming language to create a fully functional website. After going through your list you will have created the pool of skills you have, these are your transferable skills.

Next step is to prioritize the skills that are relevant to your chosen job position, these are what should go onto your CV. One final key point is that you should be able to back up your skills with examples of how you have developed your ability for it. This will allow an employer a greater level of detail and will help to understand the chance of you succeeding in their job.

 

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