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​Are you looking for a new role but feel like your CV is not getting noticed? Now more than ever, the job market is competitive, and for many industries it’s an employers market. Most employers and recruiters are looking for certain skills and attributes to be included in your CV to depict whether you’re the right person for the role.

With a high-volume of applications, it’s increasingly common for companies to use Application Tracking Systems (ATS) to make their search easier. ATS are automated pieces of software that screen and measure the strength of applications by comparing the keywords included the competencies and skills required. In a nutshell, having the right buzzwords on your CV is vital for getting your application seen, and secondly, considered for your dream job. 

By using a specialist recruiter for your sector, we can help make sure your CV meets employers criteria to a tee and guarantee it lands in the inbox of the relevant people bypassing any ATS system. To help you enhance your CV findability in the first instance, we’ve compiled the seven buzzwords you need on your CV. But don’t just take our word for it, we’ve spoken to 1,000 senior managers across 20 sectors, and these terms have come out top in highlighting what skills are most important in a post-COVID world.

  1. Resilience
    Coming out in joint first place in terms of popularity, is resilience, and after the year we’ve had, this may come as no surprise. Employers need individuals with the capacity to deal with issues as they arise and move on from them quickly.  

  2. Work ethic
    On par with resilience, work ethic is recognised as a top skill by employers. Anybody can turn up and do the job, but the desire to work hard or produce work of a high standard gives applicants a competitive edge.

  3. Proactivity
    In a world of remote-working, being proactive is an essential skill. By making things happen, instead of waiting for them to happen for you or waiting for your manager to delegate, shows you are a valuable asset. 

  4.  Ability to work as a team
    Teamwork makes the dream work. Collaborating with a group to achieve a common goal often results in more effective and efficient work than if you were to go at it alone.

  5.  Emotional intelligence
    Interestingly, emotional intelligence is also ranked highly by employers. The ability to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically is the key to both personal and professional success. Apply emotional intelligence, as well as business acumen, within a professional setting can also benefit you in the boardroom. Being able to read a room, analyse feelings and adjust pitches accordingly can be the difference between securing a deal and being blacklisted!

  6.  Positive attitude
    This may seem an obvious one but having a positive attitude is half the battle when presented with professional challenges. Optimism about situations, interactions, and even yourself helps people remain hopeful in the most difficult situations. Presenting solutions to managers, as opposed to problems, will not only make their lives easier, but will show that you are forward thinking, understand the situation and are able to use initiative.

  7.  Initiative
    And speaking about initiative, similarly to proactivity, having initiative is the ability to use both imagination and common sense to complete a task independently. Showing that you can think for yourself displays promise that you will develop and grow with the role.

In summary, remember that recruiters and employers only have access to the information in front of them. Be clear and concise in your CV, and be sure to use the buzzwords that showcase your best attributes. We hope this article has provided you with some insights into the most in-demand skills right now and has inspired you to take the first step to secure an interview.

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*Data taken from Skills Shortage Report with research conducted in February 2021.