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Graduates- do you have hidden skills?

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.

Grads often find it hard to portray the skills they have learned or utilised. These lists can help the translation of an activity undertaken by a Grad to a marketable skill attractive to potential employers.

Skills play a major part in explaining what makes somebody stand out in a competitive job market. By using these lists, you can identify which skills you have used and portray them effectively in your resume and interviews. 

 

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


In selling yourself to employers it is important to provide evidence of your skills. A selection of relevant skills set in context will have a greater impact than a long, unsupported list. In creating an effective, evidenced skills list you will also demonstrate your capacity for self reflection and your ability to identify and support pertinent information.

To practise, think about yourself in relation to skills employers generally look for such as: teamwork, communication, and organisational. Where have you developed skills in these areas and how do you use them in your past experience? 

Remember that any activity, experience or hobbies you have may have enabled you to develop skills that employers are looking for. Practice by compiling a list of all you have been involved in and then identify the skills that you may have develop using the above examples as guidelines. You can unlock those hidden skills and build a strong CV for employer consideration.