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Many people dream of a perfectly written CV and cover letter. Start making your dream a reality with these 10 skills that will set you apart from the competition!

Microsoft Office Proficiency

Most people have heard of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook, but do you know how to use them? MS Office Suite is used by 80% of companies worldwide. It’s simple, popular and productive. Among the series of MS applications, the top ones are – Excel for spreadsheets, Outlook for email, Powerpoint for visual presentations, and Word for desktop publishing.

 

Foreign Language Ability

Open the door to endless possibilities by learning a new language. Studies show that up to 30% of vacancies in administrative and clerical roles go unfilled every year due to shortages in foreign language skills. Adding foreign language skills to your résumé not only helps you stand out, but improves your employability too.

Leadership Capability

The ability to lead people and teams is an important skill to add to your resume. Including leadership skills in your CV indicates to a potential employer that you can help a business thrive, especially if it’s not a leadership role you’re applying for. Highlighting skills like taking initiative and team management skills will help you make a positive impression, and show that you like to exceed expectations.

 

Creative Thinking

Being innovative and thinking outside the box communicates that you’re more likely to find solutions to challenges. Demonstrating your ability to be a creative thinker is important and common for all jobs. If you don’t have a solid creative-thinking experience, then think about how your creative nature has helped you in your personal life and how it will be an asset in your job role. Drive creativity through your CV.

 

HTML and CSS

Learn basic tech and design skills for success. HTML and CSS are the two building blocks of website development and in-demand skills for most jobs. For instance, while they are a must-know for a front-end developer, they are an important ‘additional’ skill for a digital marketer or blogger in this technology-driven age.

 

Communication Skills

There’s little doubt that communication is a skill you will always need. Whether writing an important business email, or interacting during a social gathering, effective communication is a non-negotiable life skill. Adding this to your CV and highlighting it during interviews will help you build a solid impression in the mind of your interviewer.

 

Teamwork

The ability to be a team player is essential in almost every industry and job. From collaborating with your team for everyday tasks, to managing conflicts in the workplace, being a team player is a crucial skill to showcase on your CV.

 

Design Skills

Design your way to your dream career. Be it for web designing, or a career in graphic design, or even as a marketer or sales executive, basic design skills is a key ingredient that is required to master a job role in a visual world. Adding skills on your CV like Adobe Photoshop, Design Thinking and Graphic Designing will truly set you apart.

 

Presentation Prowess

Effective business presentation skills can set you apart from the competition. Giving an interactive and easy-to-understand presentation with a focus on strong communication is a must-have skill for almost all jobs. From basic PowerPoint presentations to using various creative aids, your effective presentation skill is a must-mention skill on your CV.

 

Analytical Ability

Identify, analyse, measure, and report. Analysing and measuring data is essential to understand the success of the business. Analytical tools like Google Analytics and R Programming are important for job seekers to learn, understand and showcase.

Author: Alison Marketing