Graduates - the road ahead

This next article will look once again at your CV. A CV is probably one of the most important aspects of your job search. You may be a great person, driven, motivated and adequately skilled to perform a job role, however, if this is not reflected in you resume then you will find it difficult to fulfil your potential. One way to present your CV in an attractive manner is to portray the skills you have learned throughout uni and your work experience. So often people brush over these abilities and their CV suffers because of this. Remember that your qualifications and experience are only a part of what you can bring to a job or placement. Your skills are a key aspect of you and they should be highlighted in your CV. They include the abilities and competencies which you have developed to date and which, importantly, can be transferred into a business environment. The lists below will help you transcribe your experiences to skills that employer’s value.

College Work
Skills Gained
Presenting a Term Paper
Presenting Skills
Communication Skills
Writing up Case Studies and Reports
Report Writing Skills
Problem-solving Skills
IT skills
Presentation Skills
Working to a Essay Deadline
Time Management
Planning Ahead
Ability to Prioritise
Organisation ability

Hobbies
Skills Gained
Member of Sports Team
Planning how to Succeed
Setting Objectives
Being Committed
Team Work ( a major element in most
work environments)
Travelling overseas with friends
Planning & Negotiating
Budgeting
Getting on with others travelling with you
Broadened Horizons and greater overall perspective
Organising an Event, such as a Fundraiser,
Charity Event or Ball
Being Innovative
Attracting Support
Preparing Publicity
Making a Profit

Work Experience
(e.g. Restaurant Work, Clerical Work or
Promotional Work)
Work Skills Gained
Taking Orders or Messages. Answering
Phones
Developing Customer Relations
Persuasive Skills
Delivering Orders to Kitchen. Relaying
messages. Meeting targets.
Communication Skills
Writing Clearly
Email Communication
Working with others
Serving Food, Filing, Running Errands for
Bosses.
Being Organised
Listening to People
Taking Orders

Use the above lists as a template to how your experience can be translated into attractive skills and abilities. These will improve your CV and increase the likelihood that an employer will notice your resume. Graduates often have bountiful skills that go unmentioned in a CV, by using these guidelines you can portray these skills and bolster the attractiveness of your CV.

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