Show me the person who enjoys updating their CV and you’ll have to provide a hat so that I may eat it. Most people hate trying to guess what their future employers might want and either feel inexperienced, too specialised, or don’t know how to streamline their varied experience.
For those in the former category, here are some skills you might have that can add some spice to an empty-looking CV.
Social Media Skills
Even though it’s part of my job, I always feel like I’m about to get caught when I’m posting on Facebook. As if at any moment, someone will bustle over aghast and eject me from the premises. But I’m actually being paid to do it and I’ve never quite gotten over that fact. Being a dab hand at social media is really a great thing to have on your CV, especially now when every business needs to be accessible to its audience.
You might not have a piece of paper that certifies one of your skills, but increasingly, many people have taught themselves an applicable asset. Even learning to code is something that can be self-taught, so if you can do something, say it. Don’t leave it out because you don’t have an official qualification.
Freelance projects can be hard to classify, but if something was really special, you should show it off. This can be a volunteer project, a freelance client, or something you contributed to as an unpaid intern. Show off the work that you put in.
Writing a thesis requires dedication, research and hard work (and possibly last-minute caffeine-fuelled all-nighters, but you can leave that bit out). These are all good things in a potential employee. Even if your project wasn’t directly applicable to the job, it can be a talking point. I wrote my, admittedly half-baked, dissertation on changing attitudes to atheism and religious faith, and interviewers always ask me about it.
Celebrity bloggers have power for a reason. Online content is powerful, and someone who can create great content and brings followers with them is worth their weight in gold. If you can write great content, don’t forget to mention it. Again, you can be applying to a transport company, have a blog on cake decoration, and if it’s well written, you can make it applicable.
Leadership is a skill that is necessary at all levels of a company. Even if you’re going in as an unpaid intern, if you can show initiative and that you can manage tasks well – you could be on the path to a paid job. Underline if you have headed up any college societies or taken the lead in any volunteer work. I’ve spoken to a lot of people at the top of their game, and something they have all said is that they want employees who are entrepreneurial, and own every task.
Often a skinny CV can be the result of not realising your own skills. Whether these particular ones apply to you or not, I’d be willing to bet there’s something pertinent you’re leaving out. Think deeply about what you’ve done so far. Don’t dismiss the small things – they could be the edge your CV needs!