“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.” ~ Carlton Fisk

A CV is a CV, right?


In today’s competitive job market you need a CV that will stand out.  A CV that will shout “Pick Me!”  In fact, here is a list of the top 10 skills that I believe should be included on your CV, but only if they are truly applicable to you.

  1. Active Listing:  Employees want to be heard and they expect you to listen.  In the same way, if you are an employee, management expects you to listen to them.
  2. Computer Programming:  Notwithstanding the fact that we live in a digital world, computer programming skills will stand you in good stead, no matter how basic your programming skills are.  In fact, if you are considering upskilling yourself, then IT is the clear winner.
  3. Conflict Resolution:  Even though we are all unique with different points of view and frames of reference, in most ways, we are all the same.  This is conducive to conflict and it is specifically important to resolve the conflict before it gets out of control.  Accordingly, conflict handling skills is a good weapon to have in management’s artillery.
  4. Creativity:  This does not mean you have to bring out your arts and crafts.  Instead, it means that you have to think creatively, have the edge over your competition by innovation.  Innovate or stagnate.
  5. Risk-taking:  You need to take risks if you want your company, department or employees to grow.  Risk-taking is part of daily operations.  Make sure that your risk is calculated and not too radical.  
  6. Adaptability:  For any company to survive or for your employee to prosper, adaptability is vital.  It is equally important to embrace change, to go with the flow and to be flexible.  Without it, no one can move forward.
  7. Customer Service:  If you are a true believer in “The customer is always right”, then this is an important skill to master. It is all about the customer experience.  A good experience is the best form of advertising.  In fact, it is advertising that money can’t be.  Sadly, the opposite is also true.
  8. Public Speaking:  “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking.  Number two is death.” ~ Jerry Seinfeld. Admittedly, it is not my first choice but it is an excellent skill to have.  Furthermore, if public speaking is your primal fear too, you should consider joining Toastmasters International.
  9. Negotiation:  John F Kennedy once said: “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.”  Besides, a great negotiator can leave both parties feeling happy with the process –  win/win situation.
  10. Time Management: Time is a very important commodity which should not be wasted on distractions or mundane tasks.  You only have so many hours in a day, so use it wisely.