As we have mentioned earlier, it is vitally important that an employer selects the right staff for the job. They will be paying a salary, benefits, and maybe even bonuses, possibly for a very long time, and they see you as an investment in the development of the company. And a mistake on their part can be very costly, so it’s a high risk process for them.
This means that they are looking at the whole person; not just qualifications or experience. They’re looking beyond that, and this part of your CV gives you the opportunity to ‘sell’ additional skills and qualities that can add to your attractiveness to a prospective employer.
Employers want a three-dimensional view of what they’ll be taking on, an in-depth look at your strengths, motivations, ambitions, passions. In other words, what makes you tick.
Key Questions for Employers
Will you work well with others? How determined are you? Will you give up easily? Will you be willing to ‘go the extra mile’? Will you be an energetic presence in the workplace? Will others want to be around you? How easily will you be able to work with your line manager? Will s/he be able to delegate work to you? How carefully do you work? Will your line manager need to double check everything you do? Do you inspire confidence?
So, using this section of your CV to answer some of the questions above is what this part of the CV is about; it is definitely not about listing all of the things you do. It is also worth considering things that you might want to omit from this section. If you are involved regularly in high – stakes sports where you might be severely injured, then this might put some employers off; it depends on the job for which you’re applying.
It might help you to sub-divide some of the things you might include in this section, as you may not have thought of them all. Here are some things you might want to include, but do remember that this section is usually fairly brief unless it is directly applicable to the job for which you’re applying.
Blogging shows passion, energy, commitment and staying power.
Further learning whether it’s a language or a new skill, will show that you are determined, and maybe even an ideal candidate for the job as one Spanish speaker recently realised when he applied to the Spanish-owned company Iberdrola. Free online courses are an easy way to access and demonstrate continuing CPD - why don’t you have a look at some of our other courses from the University of Glasgow
Fundraising demonstrates that you are a contributor, a communicator, selfless rather than selfish.
Digital skills (hopefully shown through your new CV.) will impress a prospective employer as we live in a digital age and these skills will be invaluable. So, if you’ve written an app or designed a webpage, add it to your CV.
Sporting activities convey the idea of someone being competitive, healthy, and fit. These are all important as it is estimated that absences cost businesses £14 Billion a year. That’s a lot of money.
Music, whether this is playing solo or as part of a group can show an employer that you have self discipline, determination, application, and, if you’re in a band or an orchestra – teamwork and these are all solid employability skills.
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