Graduate job search - landing your dream role in the 21st century
Our mission is to help you find your dream position. We have identified three key areas in which young jobseekers want help - and are tackling them one at a time.
First up is how to fill out the skills section of your CV when you lack years of experience - we promise you can do it in three steps!
Pick out key skills from your courses and degree descriptions
University courses and educations will have a list of skills learned in their description. This is a guideline you can use when selecting concrete skills to add to your resume. Most jobs associated with your degree will expect these specific keywords on your CV.
Pro tip: oftentimes, the name of subjects and electives are the actual skills you should be adding to your resume!
Outline your soft skills
Soft skills include a mix of know-how, character traits, social, interpersonal, and communication skills. You develop soft skills from your personal, professional, and academic experiences - and they stay with you and develop throughout your career!
Think of how you would describe your work style and personality to a recruiter, write down the keywords, and voila! You have a list of soft skills to add to your CV.
Pro tip: don’t add a soft skill unless it is 1. VERY relevant to you and 2. you wouldn’t write the opposite (hardworking versus not hardworking - this should be implied)!
Get inspired from job posts
When you read a job post, play detective. Which skills do you see again and again in the jobs that interest you? These are the key skills employers will look for on your resume, so make sure you add the ones you possess to your resume!
On the job portal, each job post has a “Skills” section to make your research process easier - these are actually also used to calculate your matching score. The more skills you match, the better your chances of landing the dream role!
Pro tip: don’t fall into the temptation of copy-pasting skill lists into your profile - make sure your resume reflects your unique set of skills!
Put it all together
Once you have a long list of skills, add them to your resume! We recommend listing up to 30 skills on your profile - and having around 10 on your CV. Happy job hunting!
Now that you have found out which skills to add to your profile, CV, and cover letters, it’s time to learn how to decode job listings! We have a guide here that will help you find out if you’re a good fit!