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Key Skill List - The Most Over-looked Part of Writing a CV


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Key skills lists are a vital part of any CV.

But in spite of this many people applying for jobs are unaware even of what they are, never mind how vital. So let us first examine what we mean by a Key Skill List.

Every applicant for any job ever has a list of skills they can bring to bear, whether it be the common place ‘fast learner’ to the less common ‘Siemens S7 programming experience’. The key skill list then is almost exactly what it sounds like. . . a list of your skills, or at least your key skills.

before you apply for any job you will know what the key skills for the types of job you are applying to are, and what you have most experience and ability in. These are the skills that you should be putting into your list. What you are trying to do is make it very, very visible exactly what you are best at so that there is no doubt in the mind of the person reading the CV you are very good at what you want to be seen to be good at.

Ideally you should be aiming for between 5 and 10 key skills in bullet point form, placed just after your name and contact information. . . . the idea being to colour the mind of the person the CV so that they are keeping an eye for your potential key skills in all the roles that you later describe.

But the Key Skills List does more than that. Writing a CV these days has to have an SEO (search engine optimization) element to it. Recruiters find CV's these days but searching job boards for the key words of a vacancy (usually passed on to them by the clients), the keywords being your skills. The more your skills come up in your Cv then the more, and the higher up the order of CV's, you will appear.

A key skill list, whereby you have an extra keyword listed AND have it at the start of the document, is a definite advantage for having your CV noticed in such search engines. . . and for getting it past non-technical people such as recruiters and HR people.

Nick (sometimes known as Recruitment Nick) is an entrepreneur currently starting up his own work from home recruitment company. He has also created a site giving advice on writing a CV certainly worth checking out.

He is blogging about his business efforts, including providing helpful articles and tips, over on his business start up blog This is his 2nd start up, having previously startup up and run a small business marketing firm for 2 years.

Other achievements include setting from scratch up a number of recruitment arms for various companies and managing to ignore the credit crunch!


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