5 unique skills to highlight on your CV
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While the skills for your CV will vary according to the role you’re applying for in Hong Kong, its seniority and the industry you work in, there are some skills that will always be valued by employers.
These skills are often referred to as ‘soft skills’ as they are less technical, less role-specific and tend to relate to your relationships and how you manage various situations in the workplace. Skills such as a willingness to learn or problem-solving skills while common, can be challenging to confidently articulate in a CV.
Here is guidance on how to include five specific skills on a resume and examples of how to present them in a CV.
1. Eager to learn
No matter whether you’re applying for your first job as a Customer Service Assistant, going for a Business Analyst role, or advancing into the role of CIO, you should always be eager to keep learning and growing in your role.
A willingness to learn also implies that you’re loyal to organisations, as learning and growth generally take place over a period of time.
Resume skill example: In all my previous roles an eagerness to learn and grow has seen me undertake external training, job shadowing or mentoring for career progression. I look forward to doing the same at your organisation.
2. Problem-solving abilities and resilience
Are you able to persist with a task or project even after your best attempt at completing it? Do you let frustration get in the way, or do you challenge yourself to think more creatively and find an innovative solution?
Problem-solving and resilience are CV skills vital to progression and improvement in all roles, and as such, are important skills to put on a CV.
Resume skill example: I pride myself on the high-level problem-solving skills I have used in all roles to overcome adversity and guarantee efficiencies in my team. Resilience also enabled me to successfully complete a major company-wide IT project, securing my promotion to Project Manager.
Employers want to know that you won’t crumble if circumstances change in their organisation, or if you’re asked to work on a project a little out of the ordinary.
Stating in your CV skills that you’re adaptable assures employers you understand that roles and work evolve and change, sometimes throwing team members curve balls, but that you’re primed to handle it.
Resume skill example: Being adaptable and flexible has enabled me to challenge conventional ways of working and learn new and more efficient reporting techniques and diverse work style.
Most jobs will require that you work with others and often a criteria for selection to a role will be your ability to work successfully within a team. Even if you only encounter a few people while performing your daily duties, employers want to know that when tasked with collaborating, you can do it effectively.
Expressing in your CV skills that you can work with a diverse range of people and overcome conflict or disagreement to get the best job done is an inspiring piece of information for employers.
Resume skill example: While I enjoy working independently, I thrive when working in team. I’m excited about working effectively with others to achieve common goals.
Even if you work independently or in a small team, there is rarely a role in which strong communication skills wouldn’t be beneficial to your employer and the organisation at large.
Good communication skills suggest you can explain your work to others, graciously call out successes and defend certain approaches, all while being diplomatic and respectful.
Employers want to know that whether you’re dealing with the junior accountant or the CFO, you’ll know what to say and how to say it.
Resume skill example: I am a perceptive communicator with the capacity to engage, compel and liaise with colleagues, executives and external stakeholders.
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Key skills to include on your CV
For many employers, these soft skills for your CV will be just as important as harder, technical proficiencies when determining if you’re the best candidate for the job.
Including them throughout your resume, providing examples of how you’ve used them in previous roles where possible, will present you as a prospective employee who understands the full scope of the role, and as one who has submitted a considered and well-executed application.
Take a look at our Hong Kong resume tips page for more advice on how to write a CV.