Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity (Resume – Skills)

Looking for a job in the Netherlands was not a piece of cake for me. It took me 3 months to find a job in the Netherlands without any knowledge of Dutch. Believe me, I know how difficult and frustrating it can be. I would like to share my experience with you and I really hope you find it useful!

To attract your potential employer you need to have a CV that stands out. Under the Preparation meets opportunity category (one day ☺) you might find different tips which can help you make a perfect resume. Today I want to discuss skills, the section that is sometimes overlooked by many of us.

When creating your resume you need to demonstrate a wide range of skills. There are 2 types of skills:
◦ Transferable – these skills can be developed in one setting, but can be used or transferred into a different one (e.g. if you play football at the weekends, it means that you might have good team work skills). You can develop transferable skills from your work experience, hobbies or interests.
Knowledge-based skills come as a result of work experience, training or academic studies. Some of them can be specific, whilst other might also be transferable.

There are some skills that are usually required. Of course, they might differ from company to company, but here is the list of the most common:
Communication (ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing)
Team work (ability to interact with your fellow workers)
Time management (ability to set goals, plan the activities)
Problem solving (ability to understand information quickly and accurately, choose the workable solution)
✔  Motivation (energetic and enthusiastic approach to work/tasks)
✔  Leadership (ability to listen, share and delegate when appropriate)
✔  Information and IT literacy (confidence when using information technology)
Creativity, flexibility (to be original and express different views, ideas or solutions, to be able to consider change)
Numeracy (ability to interpret statistics and numerical data)
Confidence (willingness to express needs, views and feelings clearly, confidently )
Interpersonal/Intercultural awareness (awareness and tolerance of the diverse needs, feelings and views of others)
Business awareness, professionalism (understanding of the need for high quality customer service and innovative approaches)

Keep in mind that if you write any of these skills in your CV, you should be ready to provide an example of when/where you developed this skill/used it.

To make a good use of this information to you need to:

  1. Analyze the job advert
  2. Research the organisation to make up the understanding of what kind of person they are looking for
  3. Choose the skills they need/you have


That is all for now, good luck with your CV!

For more posts on how to make your CV effective, visit ☞ Preparation meets opportunity.


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