To avoid being told your not right for the job because you don't have the right skills, be sure to highlight every skill they are looking for on the CV. According to Clare Whitmell from The Guardian, employers look for a mix of attitude, skills and experience. It is easy to show a great attitude and a detailed experience on a CV, however the skills section often takes a little more thought. Whitmell has outlined five crucial tips to take into consideration when writing a CV:
- Pay attention to key words - look at the job description to see what skills they require and the keywords they use to describe the role; be sure then to use these keywords appropriately in your CV and cover letter.
- Leave no stone unturned - be sure to read through the job description thoroughly and comb through your entire background for examples to illustrate why you would be an asset to the company.
- Plug your skills and knowledge gap - work out what skills or knowledge you may be missing. Tackle any areas you fall short in through talking to people who might offer you advice or information, or you may need to gain specific training.
- Write a cover letter - these allow you to add further detail to your application. Focus on how past experience has helped prepare you for future jobs.
- Show awareness at the interview - during the interview portray yourself as someone who is keen to fill gaps within the company.
Read the article here: How graduates can prove they have the skills employers want