Helping people create a Dalmatian profile, which they can use to apply for a job either via our job board or use as a CV for elsewhere, I hear one phrase in particular.

“I have no skills”

Sometimes people misinterpret the word “skills” for “qualifications” and whilst they may not have left school with any formal qualifications, the fact remains that they do have plenty of skills!

I was working with one lady who’d moved to the UK from Poland, during our chat about what skills she had she spent a lot of time telling me how she’d left school before she’d done her exams. Throughout the conversation she dropped out that not only was she fluent in Polish and English, but she also spoke fluent Russian and Latvian! But because she had no formal qualifications in these languages she didn’t think it was worth putting on her CV….. I convinced her that it absolutely was, what she possessed was an incredibly important skillset!

In some instances, employers are far more interested in what someone can bring to the workplace in terms of skill set and it is becoming increasingly important to have “soft skills”.

These can be things such as;

  1. A willingness to learn and upskill.
  2. An ability to network.
  3. Being organised.
  4. Being punctual.
  5. Being friendly.
  6. Creativity.
  7. Being able to work as part of a team.
  8. Being able to work under your own initiative.
  9. Having confidence to try new things.
  10. Listening.

At Dalmatian, we want to encourage people to create a CV based on all the skills they have, whether they are formal qualifications and training, or life skills developed along the way.

A CV is very often the first impression a potential employer will have of you and you want it to be the very best it can be. Our previous blogs look at what to put on the profile section of your CV, putting together your first CV and things not to say.

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