Top 3 Skills To List In Your Resume and Show In Your Interview

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With the economy currently going through a recession, job markets are tough especially for graduates and student fees are at an all time high causing more people to enter the world of work earlier than expected. So how can you stand out better than your contemporaries? Better yet, how can this be illustrated on to your CV and in an interview?

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Top 3 Skills To List In Your Resume and Show In Your Interview

  1. 1. Top 3 Skills To List In Your Resume and Show In YourInterviewWith the economy currently going through a recession, job markets are tough especially forgraduates and student fees are at an all time high causing more people to enter the world ofwork earlier than expected. So how can you stand out better than your contemporaries?Better yet, how can this be illustrated on to your CV and in an interview?In this 2-part series, we will outline the top 10 skills to list on a resume CV. These skillspresent themselves time after time during the selection process. It is your job to prove tothe recruiters that you can demonstrate these skills.The Meaning of EmployabilityEmployability is an accumulation of everything desirable that makes an organisation want tohire you. This combines you experience, knowledge, skills, qualifications, contacts and ofcourse your personal characteristic. This is why it is becoming increasingly important toaddress and list the job skills skills on your CV that are relevant to the employer. Forsomeone who has the desire to work for one of the top companies in any industry, you want
  2. 2. to present yourself as the most employable and ‘lucky-to-have’ recruit. People’s preferenceof what defines employability is constantly changing as the world embraces newtechnologies and innovations. 10 years ago, knowledge of Microsoft Word or how to use theinternet wouldn’t have been top of the list as a desirable skill for most organizations; nowyou’ll find it extremely difficult to find a job if you don’t possess these skills. Invest in yourpersonal development and take every opportunity to build on your skills and add new onesTeam-workNowadays, there is nothing more important than demonstrating how valuable you are as ateam member. Almost all recruiters and career coaches will tell you that having the abilityto work effectively with or through others to achieve great things. Building empowering andpositive relationships with your team members is what hiring managers want in theiremployers. This is where assessment centres come into play. This is the biggest opportunityyou’ll get to impress recruiters with your team working skills. You’ll most likely have a groupexercise in which you will have to demonstrate that you can work in and/or lead a team.Make sure you are ready with many examples of how you have demonstrated team workingin the past. Reference any work experience where you have volunteered in a project ortaken part in a team challenge. What about at uni? Have you worked on groupprojects/coursework/presentations? Are you apart of any social club committees? Thinkabout all of these and come prepared with a list in your head.Communication SkillsCommunication skills – very essential in the running of day-to-day business. Employers needteam members who are able to communicate their ideas or tasks clearly and concisely. Theywant all written work or reports to be structured and of the highest quality. This is a skill thatyou should have really worked on during your university years. Sadly too many recruiters arecomplaining that candidates (graduates or not) are unable to express themselvesarticulately, whether verbal or written. Grammatical and spelling errors are still very evidenton many application forms or CVs. As a result, many recruiters have introduced literacy andverbal reasoning tests as part of their selection process. During an interview panel,recruiters know it is normal to be a bit nervous, but they still expect you to be able toconfidently communicate your suitability for the job.Problem Solving SkillsThe ability to solve problems and provide efficient solutions is an excellent skill to have.Managers want to know that they can trust in their employees to always have theorganizations best interest s at heart and continue to make it grow. Problem solvers need tobe able to think analytically, strategically and logically. It is up to the recruiters to spot thosewith these skills at interview stage. So be prepared to have examples of how you haveapproaches problems and tackled them. Your degree subject may give you an edge overyour contemporaries here, especially if you studied IT or the sciences.
  3. 3. For more tips on how to write a CV resume, visit our site by just Ctrl + Click onany of the links.For you to get started we have provided free CV templates and professionalCV examples which can be downloaded and edited at any time. No sign upneeded.

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