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Identifying your skills for a CV

Matching your skills

One of the key aspects of finding a job is identifying your skills for interviews, matching your skills with those that a potential employer has highlighted as necessary to do a particular job (usually listed in the job advert, so read carefully!).

  1. CV’s and applications are screened to see if the person has the skills that the job requires. The more closely you match your skills on your CV or application form to the job description, the better chance you have of getting to the next stage of selection or interview.
  2. Interviews – Knowing your skills can also help you in an interview.  This can be especially helpful if you do not have the exact requirements at that time.  You could say: ‘I am adaptable, enjoy a challenge, like learning new things and I’m open to further training’ etc.
  3. The more of skills you can identify – the more employable you will become, the more you will be able to embrace change and therefore improve your future job prospects. Getting familiar with your skills will also help you to see any gaps in your training and qualifications.

Online Tools

Each of these tools are designed to help you identify your skills, match them to a job and communicate them in an interview.

Skills Summary

Skills summary is an easy to use online tool that measures the skills young people gain by participating in youth work and volunteering opportunities, building their confidence, so that they can better communicate the value of these essential skills to future employers

Accenture’s Skills to Succeed Academy

Accenture’s Skills to Succeed Academy is a free, highly interactive online training program that helps you to build the skills and confidence needed to make smart career choices and find and succeed in employment. the value of these essential skills to future employers


Get direct access to a Crosscare Youth Information Officer who will support you explore your education and career options from supports for early school leaving through to College.   Get help with your CV and interview skills or identify your personal strengths and areas of work that would suit you.  You can do this online with MyFuture+ or contact us here.

If you have any questions about interviews and job applications you can also chat online to a trained Youth Information Officer.

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