The job market is becoming increasingly competitive, which means that candidates must do everything possible to make their CV stand out from the crowd. This can be tricky, especially for those who are inexperienced or working in a niche career field with a limited skill set.
If you are looking to accept a new job and want to polish your CV, here are some top skills to learn or include in order to get the attention of employers and improve your chances of advancing to the next stage.
Complete computer mastery
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know full well that the world now revolves around technology. What were once manual jobs like administration and bookkeeping are now computerized jobs that can be done in half the time, as long as you know how. You never know when your work or part of it will go online, so learning to master computers is a good idea.
You are probably familiar with the Windows operating system in some way, but if you haven’t used it in a while, take some time to refresh your mind. With the rise of Apple software, it is also worth learning the Mac operating system. This way, you can put in your CV that you are proficient on both Windows and Mac.
For added effect, you can also learn to use all Microsoft applications like Word and Excel, as well as additional software like Adobe. Even if you don’t use it now, it might come in handy at some point, which is why it’s a good idea to invest the time to become a computer expert.
We live in a diverse society and it is incredibly important to consider everyone and their needs. Both employers and employees need to adapt to each other, and a great way to do that is by learning a second language. Whether it’s Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, or Arabic, there is always a use for a second language.
This not only shows a high level of intellect, but also indicates dedication and a good ability to learn. If you’re not sure which language would be best, don’t forget about sign language. There are millions of deaf and hard of hearing people around the world, many of whom struggle in the workplace due to lack of accessibility. If you know sign language or any other language, this will look good on your CV and improve your chances of landing a job.
Not everyone has an aspiration to be a manager, but that doesn’t mean you can’t demonstrate leadership skills. Employers like those who can step up and use their initiative when necessary, even if it is not permanently. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to demonstrate leadership and project management skills in some way on your CV.
Whether you’ve led a team of people from a marketing agency or hired a person in IPAF training, everything is relevant. Even if you have never held the title of project manager or leader, every time you have taken the initiative or trained someone it should be listed on your CV. This will show employers that you can do your best and take responsibility when needed, as well as work as part of a larger team.
Hopefully, these skills will help you improve your CV and increase your chances of landing a job. Regardless of whether they do or not, you will be a more complete person as a result. If you are an employer, what is the main skill you are looking for in resumes?
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism