top of page

SKILLS: what should you put on your CV?

CV writing, always a topic of interest, has become a hot topic nowadays, mostly because of AI technologies in HR. Recruiters say that there are heaps of suitable candidates and they can fill most jobs faster than ever. That is why the CV needs to be carefully written.

When writing a CV, you need to highlight your worth for the employer. Everything that you write in a CV should sell you for the job you are applying for.

Now, pay attention to the “Skills” section of your CV. It is relatively small and unfairly treated as being unimportant. Nothing could be further from the truth!! Skills are the only thing you are selected by. This is the part you need to begin with when starting to apply for a specific job. Matching your skills with the job skills will let you create a competitive CV and showcase your contribution in the best possible way.

Well, a spoiler is that you only add words to this section if they are appropriate. Do not embed 'pottery', even if it's true if you are looking for a job in pharmaceuticals.

First of all, don't make claims of skills if they are not provable. You can say "Excellent communication skills", but without evidence, those are just boasts.

Furthermore, as per my extensive recruitment experience, I don't know any recruiter who would be looking for a candidate in databases who uses key phrases such as "excellent communication skills", "inspirational leader" or "team player". You may guess my point already.

But remember. Recruiters are well-trained to search for relevant candidates, and hiring managers are equally specific in their selection criteria.

1) There is no use in mentioning such skills as Microsoft office, browsers, email programs or voice programs. These are too basic and are assumed as minimal skills.

However, knowledge of any specialised software programs is good to mention. If you are a superuser of special tasks like power queries in Excel, it's worth to mention those, too. Recruiters do their search by the names of programs. They use those bizarre sets of letters as keywords—for example, SAP, MedSafe, CRM, Oracle and so on.

2) Technical skills, such as proficiency in using some methods such as gene sequencing or submitting technical documents, all should be mentioned.

3) Certifications and evidence of knowledge of industry standards such as GMP, GCP, ICH and other;

4) Experience with working on specific instruments and equipment - for example, XRF, PET, SIPROCESS GA700...

Coding languages: If you can write code in C++, SQL, Python or Java.

5) Experience in dealing with organisations in your field such as non-profit funding sources, patient organisations, FDA, TGA and government agencies.

Don't be confused by wordy and literary job descriptions. They are also a tool for HR-branding and promoting themselves, not only for attracting candidates. If the job description is loaded with all sorts of fancy language, having that language in your CV will not guarantee that you get through the first stage of selection.

When you plan your CV or letter, derive the key points they are looking for and mention them first. You can then mix them up with relevant soft skills and personal statements.

The challenge now is to get invited for an interview. That means you need to pass an ATS and to appear in relevant searches.

Be sure that your CV reflects such relevant info.

97 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page