5 Desirable skills to put on your CV.

 Your CV is likely to be the first chance you get to make a good impression on a potential employer. So naturally you want to make a good impression.

Employers are going to be on the look out for skills that you possess that can benefit them and their company.

Of course not every single company is going to be looking for the exact same skill set, which is why it is important to do your research before you send in your application. You are likely to stand out more if you can apply each skill you mention to an aspect of the job you’re applying for, and explain how you can be of benefit with this skill.

There are however, some essential skills that most employers will find appealing such as:


  • Teamwork – Being able to work well as part of a team is a skill that will take you far in any job. If you can think of previous roles which involved a lot of team work, use them as examples to back you up.
  • Communication – Verbal and written communication is important. Being able to express yourself clearly, especially in the verbal sense, will always go in your favour. A well written CV and cover letter will be a good example of your ability to do this.
  • Computer Skills – If you use a computer on a regular basis and are comfortable using one then you can note that down. Mention whether you are proficient in Microsoft programmes such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint because knowledge of these is always going to be useful. If you have more extensive knowledge of computers then obviously mention this.
  • Motivation/Determination – Everybody could put this on their CV, but if you can back it up with examples in previous roles and mention this in your CV or cover letter. It might be difficult to prove your skills with this one but it’s always good to mention if it’s a strong point.
  • Problem Solving – Being able to think on your feet and solve problems efficiently and effectively is definitely a skill to put on your CV. Whatever job you’re applying for, being good at solving different kinds of problems, or understanding what you have to do to solve it, will be beneficial regardless.


All of these skills are what you’d call transferable skills since they can be applied to the majority of job roles in one way or another. However it is also a good idea, more important in some cases, to incorporate job related skills into your CV. If you’re applying for a role and you have specific skills that you can demonstrate in order for you to excel in that role, then obviously put those in. The more skills you can mention the better – as long as they are true.


Written by Katy James



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