What skills should I put on my CV?
You will need to include skills on your CV which are most relevant to the role you are applying for and best reflect your talents and experience. You may also have to answer detailed questions on an online application form or at interview.
However, until you are very experienced simply ‘listing’ some skills on your CV will not be enough to convince the employer! You need to provide evidence of your skill with a short, precise but concise example which is unique and makes you stand out of the crowd! The examples should be as recent as possible, e.g. last 2-3 years and be around 2-3 lines in length.
In most cases, unless stated otherwise, recruiters will be interested in examples from all aspects of your life:
- Work experience (part-time jobs, industrial placements)
- Voluntary/community work
- Hobbies and interests (including sports, Air Cadets etc.)
- Extra-curricular activities (including university societies)
For example, team sports, clubs and societies you are an active member of at university or college, and events you have helped organise in the community will be of particular interest. One experience may develop several skills e.g. getting involved in a voluntary event could develop your organisational and teamworking skills, and demonstrate your commitment end empathy.
Part-time work is also acceptable – all jobs, even those which may just be a stepping stone while you study or look for work, help you develop skills and also shows you are willing to take financial responsibility for yourself.
You probably need to put between 4-8 skills on your CV, including languages and IT. When applying online, you may be asked to complete detailed questions about specific skills, usually selected by the employer.
Experienced candidates and soft skills
If you are very experienced, while you may be able to demonstrate specific successes in previous roles linked to aerospace/aviation within the work experience section of your CV, it can still be very beneficial to put your skills and key achievements separately. This way, you can focus on those which demonstrate your capability for the role you are now seeking, especially if you are looking for a promotion or more senior role. You may still also find that outside activities can provide useful examples, such as community work, voluntary work with schools, professional bodies etc. especially if you are looking for a ‘sideways’ move into a slightly different field to your current role.