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Skills-based CV

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 1:42:24 PM

The Skills-based CV format proved most popular in research undertaken with our clients and benefits students and graduates with a minimal work history since it enables them to demonstrate when they have met job description requirements with examples taken from outside of the working world. For example; ‘Strong communications / organisation skills: during school, I was part of the production team of a house play/captained the 3rd XV, which necessitated the organisation of various team members across different fractions of the school and diaries’.

 Whilst there are a vast array of formats for a C.V., we offer an example of a skills-based C.V. that can be broken down into the following five sections:



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Personal Details

Current address, date of birth, telephone number, mobile number, e-mail address.


Skills & Achievements

Two or three lines of achievements and examples of when you have demonstrated each of the following skills: Teamwork, Effective Communication, Initiative-taking, Problem Solving and Technical Skills.


Employment History

Starting with your most recent employment, provide the following information; Firm, Date Employed, Position, Reference contact e-mail address and bullet points of the tasks that were required of you.


Academic Qualifications

Write a brief review of your most recent academic qualifications, highlighting the skills that you have obtained. For all academic qualifications, from GCSE grades upwards, include the name of your School/College/ University, the dates upon which you attended the institution, the grades received and an academic reference contact e-mail address.


Activities and Interests

Write a very brief bullet-pointed list of a maximum of four of your activities and interests. Use these to highlight the transferable skills, if applicable.