“Graduates out there, the job market is getting competitive isn’t it?”

Recently, according to a graduate recruitment research company High Fliers, graduates hired rose by 1.6% in 2016, this was in the same year that UCAS announced there was a 3.1% increase in applications to universities.

The odds are still in your favour, but how do you stand out from the crowd. Competency skills are a must when it comes to noting it down on your CV. However there’s no point saying you’re ‘driven’ or a ‘team player’ if you can’t demonstrate these attributes.


Look at what you’ve achieved, be selfish and start to note down your achievements. You can find this in examples of:

  • Part-time work – shows time management skills and that you’re used to a working environment.
  • University club/Societies – shows not only balance activities, but you have genuine interests and not a one-dimensional person.
  • Volunteering/Un-paid work experience – shows you willing to give time to others than yourself, and dedicated to gaining experience in a particular role.
  • Group work – Your willing to work fluidly in a team to get the job done, demonstrating you can work with others and that you are approachable.


The list is endless; make sure with a friend or college that your CV demonstrates competency skills that you can actually do!


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