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Think about how many CVs a prospective employer receives and you'll understand the need for yours to stand out.

Most CVs are packed with qualifications and work experience, but few contain some small details with a big impact.

Here's a list of things to add to your CV.

Soft Skills: The difference between a strong and a weak CV

These include:

  • conflict resolution
  • creativity
  • decisiveness
  • responsibility
  • time management

Soft skills are intangible and non-technical - skills that you're unlikely to have a certificate for.

Listing your qualifications and work experience is extremely important, but in order to stand out from the crowd, stating your soft skills is just as important. They go hand-in-hand.

For example, if you're applying for an accountant position, most of the applicants are likely to have the relevant qualification and work experience.

What their resume may not have if a list of soft skills. I.e.: great team player, first-rate communication skills, etc.

Boosting your CV by adding soft skills

Soft skills are in high demand by employers and the reasons are obvious.

Employers want employees who:

  • know how to solve problems
  • are easy to work with
  • are adaptable

Take some time out to think about the soft skills that you possess.
For example, are you good at working under pressure? Do you consider yourself a trendsetter and able to spot future trends?

Try to come up with 5 - 10 soft skills that you have a talent for. It's important for you to be honest with yourself about these soft skills as an employer will look to you for advice when dealing with things like trends, etc.

Here's a list of common soft skills that you may be able to relate to:

  • communication
  • conflict resolution
  • critical observation
  • decisiveness
  • flexibility
  • leadership
  • problem-solving
  • self-motivation
  • teamwork
  • time management

Another place to start defining your soft skills would be to chat to some of the people who know you best.

Good luck and we hope that your soft skills will land you one step closer to that new job!

This article first appeared on 947 : Here's an important feature that is often left out of CVs

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