One of the major things employers want to see on your Curriculum Vitae is skills set. Your skills paint a picture of what you can do for your prospective employers and that is why you always have to state it clearly on your CV.

However, a lot of job seekers just fill the skill section of their CV with inappropriate skills, just to fill the space. Some don't even have any skill to show on their CV. Expectedly, employers only look out for the CVs with the right skills.

So, to improve your chances of getting noticed by a hiring manager, these are the types of skills you should include on your CV.

1. Industry-specific skills

Some skills are important to working in a certain industry, mention those skills in your CV if you have them
Some skills are important to working in a certain industry, mention those skills in your CV if you have them

Some skills are critical to working in your industry. If you want to get jobs and stay relevant in that industry, you need to have the required skills to have a career in that field.

For instance, if you're in Engineering, you're expected to have a sound computer modelling skill. Also, if you're looking for jobs as a lawyer, your oral and written communication must be top-notch.

Don't ever assume your prospective employers know you have these skills. Show them off in your CV, let them know you're the best applicant for the job.

2. Tool proficiency

This refers to your ability to use or operate certain tool or machine. Some job roles make you more employable than others when you can operate a particular machine. 

For instance, your mastery of some video cameras and editing software as a filmmaker gives you a higher chance of getting a job over others. 

3. Soft skills


Employers also look out for applicant's soft skill to have an insight into their values and personality.

Some examples of soft skills include creativity, analytical thinking, multitasking, verbal and written communications, time management and leadership. If you have these skills, don't be shy to mention them in your CV.

4. Hard skills

These are measurable abilities like typing, linguistic, math and other teachable skills. They are stuff you’ve learned through schooling or training. 

5. People Skills

Many jobs require you to work with other people and you'll need to get along with them. This is where your people skills become useful. 

People skills are like soft skills, they include your communication skills, ability to work with others to achieve the organization's goals (teamwork and cooperation).