The CV skills that may lose you money!

Sharing the 25 CV skills that may lose you money, according to Stylist magazine…

Stylist has a great habit of unearthing some real gems on the topic of careers (remember how they first spotlighted the entreprenurial Siobhan Holmes of The Vino Van?).

Well, their recent research piece is yet another that catches the eye, claiming that…

These 25 CV skills may lose you money!

  1. Filing
  2. Property management
  3. Data entry
  4. Bookkeeping
  5. AS/400
  6. Call centre
  7. Help desk/help support
  8. Collections
  9. Intuit QuickBooks
  10. Delphi
  11. Packaging
  12. Computer hardware technician
  13. Plumbing
  14. Administration
  15. Pricing
  16. System repair
  17. Shipping
  18. Document preparation
  19. Customer service
  20. Dreamweaver
  21. Online research
  22. Paying invoices
  23. Phone support
  24. WordPress
  25. Typing


This list comes from data generated by Workers identified skills that were deemed “most critical to their jobs”, with the information then cross-checked against salary levels.

Of course, the results you see tally up to those skills with the most negative financial relationship. Furthermore, filing was found to be the weakest/poorest paying of all!

But why?

With the suggestion that you may wish to delete all such skills from your CV, we have to wonder why they supposedly matter so much in the first place?

We cannot see any immediate cause for harm. However, we understand the article’s reasoning. It is suggested that most of these skills tie in with those an employer would ‘assume of you’. Really, are there many office roles that won’t require a spot of typing these days?

Many of the more specific skills could also fall under the assumed needs of your previous job roles. Customer service as a skill held by a Customer service representative being a case in point..!

So would we hit delete?

Perhaps these skills may not be of utmost priority for your ‘Key skills’ list. However, they may still have a suitable home. For example, if you’re an Accounts Assistant, it would be useful to hear that you have prior experience of invoicing. This could be outlined as part of a wider paragraph on your daily duties or (in the case of dramatically speeding up processes, introducing bold new systems, or similar!), this may even form part of your workplace achievements.

In a nutshell, the articles offers an interesting read. Yet we’d advise you to take such research data with a generous pinch of salt. Naturally, your CV should always be the best match for your skills and achievements; visit our Downloads page for more CV writing tips.

[Source: Stylist Magazine]