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13 May 2019

Top Tips: 5 skills you all have but forget to include in your CV and Personal Statement

Student Life

Are you updating your CV or writing a personal statement? If this is you, I’m sure many of you may be struggling to include key skills that you all have! If so, this week’s blog post is just for you! Here is a list of skills you all have but forget to include!

1. Written Communication:

  • Gathering, analysing and arranging data in a logical sequence
  • Developing your argument
  • Briefly summarising content
  • Adopting your writing style for different audiences

2. Verbal Communication:

  • Accurately hearing what people are saying
  • Able to clarify and summarise what they are communicating
  • Being sensitive to their values and feelings
  • Not interrupting
  • Helping others to define their problems
  • Telephone skills
  • Making a speech in front of an audience (thinking up an interesting way to put across your message, structuring your presentation, using audio-visual aids effectively, successfully building a rapport with your audience.)
  • Making effective use of body language, dress, conduct, speech.

3. Leadership:

  • Setting objectives
  • Organising and motivating others
  • Taking the initiative
  • Persevering when things are not working out
  • Taking a positive attitude to frustration/failure
  • Accepting responsibility for mistakes/wrong decisions
  • Being flexible – prepared to adapt goals in the light of changing situations

4. Teamwork:

  • Contributing your own ideas effectively in a group
  • Taking a share of the responsibility in a group
  • Being assertive – rather than passive or aggressive
  • Accepting and learning from constructive criticism and giving positive, constructive feedback to others
  • Concentrating on behaviour that can be improved
  • Identifying your strengths and weaknesses

5. Planning and Organising:

  • Managing your time effectively/using action planning skills.
  • Prioritising tasks effectively
  • Setting objectives which are achievable and measurable
  • Identifying the steps needed to achieve goals
  • Using lists
  • Being able to work effectively under pressure/managing stress
  • Completing work to a deadline

Additional Skills:

  • Negotiating and persuading
  • Investigating and analysing
  • Computing skills
  • Numeracy skills
  • Self-motivation
  • Determination

Hope you’ve found this useful and thank you for reading.

By Roshni Dhodakia

I am a third-year student at Edge Hill University, studying English Language. I hope that my blog posts are enjoyable and useful. Feel free to ask me any questions or leave me any suggestions. I hope to hear from you soon and thank you for reading!

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