5 Invaluable Things You Can Do Outside Of Work To Boost Your CV

Do you want your CV to stand out from the crowd?

Competition for jobs is fiercer than ever nowadays. So what job skills can distinguish your CV from the hundreds of similar ones out there all vying for the same spot?

Here are 5 extra job skills that can increase your employability and help nab you your dream job;


Whether you’re a recent graduate or seasoned professional, there are absolutely no downsides to volunteering. Not only can you make a positive contribution to a cause you believe in, but you’ll also strengthen your CV with both skills and strength of character.

Volunteering will arm you with transferable skills, no matter where or how you choose to volunteer. You’ll have the perfect opportunity to hone and show off your communication, decision making, project management, leadership, and teamwork skills within a completely new environment.

Do some further studying or learning

To show a desire to grow and work on your skill set in more creative ways, further studies could prove to be the ticket to making your CV more interesting. This could be an online course or something completely unrelated such as crafts, learning a new language.

 This is really important as any employer wants to see versatility and the ability to adapt to change. It also shows an energy to learn extra skills in your own time, which is incredibly appealing to an employer.

Attend networking events

Talk to people outside of work and attend professional events. If you’re in HR, you might go along to a IHRM event or if you’re in accounting you might attend events held by the ICPAK. Professional institutes or bodies will hold these kinds of events regularly.

It shows you are active within the professional arena; and by attending events in your own time and making yourself visible in the community, it will give your CV more credibility.

Boost your personal development

This might be about building your personal effectiveness and impact such as becoming more assertive or increasing confidence.

If your current job doesn’t offer courses that teach these skills, there is help available elsewhere. You could work with a Career Coach or take a personal impact course like Public speaking especially if you have a great fear of speaking in front of people.

Do a Gap Analysis

Are there any gaps in your CV? Put some proactive steps in place to fill in the missing pieces of your CV that could be holding you back from progressing up the career ladder. This involves looking at your CV and what is on it at the moment, looking at your next role and what you would like it to be and then looking at the gap between the two – what do you need be able to offer in order to increase your employability? Do some research – speak to agencies and recruiters, talk to friends that work in the industries that you’re interested in or other professional contacts, look on the internet to find out information about those kinds of jobs and then look at how you benchmark against that and what you can do to get there.


The goal is to grow and acquire skills that will take your career to the next level. Ready to land that dream job? Get a CV expert to help you secure those job interviews fast!

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