How to write a good CV skills section

How do you write good a CV skills section?

A CV Skills Section is a section on a CV where you list and highlight your relevant skills and abilities.

It's usually located near the top of your CV and is designed to give employers a quick and easy way to identify your qualifications and strengths. It should include a list of skills such as technical skills, soft skills, the languages you speak and any software you can use.

This section is important because it is one of the first sections an employer reads and helps them know if you are a good match.

Here are our tips for writing a good CV skills section:

  1. Tailor your skills to the job: Make sure to highlight skills that are relevant to the specific job you are applying for.

  2. Use keywords: Use job-specific keywords that will make your CV more searchable by recruiters and applicant tracking systems.

  3. Use action verbs: Use action verbs to describe your skills, such as "managed," "created," or "implemented."

  4. Provide specific examples: Provide specific examples of how you have used your skills in the past, such as "managed a team of 10" or "helped organise a specific event"

  5. Keep it short: Avoid listing too many skills, instead focus on your most relevant and strongest skills.

  6. Use bullet points: Use bullet points to make your skills section easy to read and scan.

  7. Finally, proofread your CV for any errors or typos before submitting it.


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*Data used in this blog post is from 20th January 2023

Published on 20 January 2023