23 October 2023

5 Simple Ways To Show Off Your Skills In An Application

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It’s deadline season – the months where career-hungry students like you descend on our website in search of amazing paid placement and internship roles. 

Your application is KEY to landing that dream role. But we know it can be tough. Especially when you want to make sure yours stands out from the crowd.

Highlighting your strongest skills is crucial for getting noticed by employers. Struggling to think of yours? It’s time to look at your past experiences.

Read on to see 5 real life examples of how you can do just that…

1. You’ve smashed your latest essay

Bagged yourself a great mark in your latest essay? Definitely include it in your application! It’s something to be proud of. 

It shows you have some admirable skills, such as:

  • Good time management
  • Excellent written communication 
  • High determination
  • Effective self-management abilities
  • Research skills

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2. You’re working at the local pub

We’ve all been there. You need a little extra cash so you’ve taken on a few weekly shifts at your local pub. Good for you! 

As well as being financially beneficial, it means you’ve gained some actual work experience too. 

Include this in your application to show you have:

  • Levels of responsibility
  • Autonomy
  • High organisation
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Great customer service

3. You’re a committee member of a uni society

Being a member of a society or club is a KEY part of university life. It introduces you to new friends, develops a passion and can even encourage you to try new things! 

Have you taken on some extra responsibility by becoming President, Treasurer or Social Sec? You HAVE to include it in your application. Why? Because it highlights:

  • You’re a leader
  • Enjoy being part of a team
  • Positive attitude
  • High organisational skills
  • Good communication
  • Problem-solving skills

4. You volunteer

Volunteering has HUGE benefits. Not only for the cause or organisation you’re helping, but for you too. It allows you to meet new people, enhance your sense of purpose and build confidence. 

So what are you waiting for? Include any examples of volunteering in your application and it’ll show prospective employers you have the following skills:

  • Time management
  • Excellent communication
  • Customer service
  • Delegation
  • High organisation
  • Problem-solving

5. You’ve set up your own business

So you’ve gone to uni and have decided to set up your own business on the side – amazing! 

By including this in your application, it will show you have experience in the working world. Excellent. It will also highlight those all important skills you’ve developed, such as:

  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Drive
  • Passion
  • Commercial awareness
  • Networking
  • Marketing and financial management
  • Problem-solving 

See! Showing off all those amazing skills you have is really as simple as that. Now you’re ready to go SMASH those applications.