Do you have the credentials and experience required for a new job prospect, but aren’t sure whether or not you are really a likely candidate for the position. When most people apply to a new position, they’ve already made sure that they meet the basic requirements – credentials, qualifications and past experience. These qualifications are important (as indicated in a recent BBC article), but they won’t score you the position on their own.

When it comes to landing the job, it’s those peripheral, sometimes less tangible skills that are going to make the difference. A lot of them are buzzwords that aspiring candidates throw around without much regard for how they translate into the workplace. However, the candidates that end up getting recruited by companies such as Pareto are those who can internalise these buzzwords:

Technical savvy

This day and age, being able to use a computer and knowing your way around a spreadsheet and word processor is not going to set you very far apart from the countless others who are applying for the position. It may separate the sheep from the goats, so to speak, but today’s employers have a lot more sheep to choose from than they used to.

Make a list of any machines, programs and protocols that you have used in the past and rate your own competency at each of them. Any particularly strong candidates? Play those up. Likewise, consider taking some extra classes, seminars or tutorials to increase your tech savvy. Many of these are either free or highly affordable.

Strong communication skills

On a CV, just about everyone says that they have strong communication skills. But in an interview, it quickly becomes apparent who does and who doesn’t. Show your interviewer what a good communicator you are by clearly and succinctly expressing your ideas live and in person. When they are talking, listen intently, take notes and offer up plenty of eye contact. It won’t go unnoticed.

And honestly, if you really do have strong communication skills, then communicating this on your resume and in your interview should be no problem at all. Just saying…

Cultural sensitivity

Today’s workplaces are more diverse than ever before, and viable candidates are those who can thrive – even flourish – in this environment. And it’s not just in the office, either. Clients and supply chains are increasingly operating over international boundaries, and this means that workforces have to be able to navigate social arenas that are much more socially complex than they used to be.


Here’s a vague (though important) buzzword. Adaptable employees move the business forward, because they are not going to get bogged down in the face of innovation, new technologies or a fresh angle on an old problem. The un-adaptable complain about change, while the adaptable embrace (indeed, often suggest) it.

Telling a potential employer that you are adaptable is easy to do; but making them believe it is a different issue altogether. You’ll need examples and anecdotes. Start with clear-cut examples of noteworthy multitasking to lay the foundation, and then move into issues where change presented and you seized upon this as an opportunity rather than a reason for discouragement.

Ross Louise

Ross Louise

Louise Ross is a blogger who loves to write about random subjects under the sun, from money matters to technology. She travels a lot and likes to surf so don't be surprised if you find posts about holidays and healthy activities too.
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