First impressions count, and the first impression that a potential employer will have of you, is going to depend on how you present your resume which is also called a CV. A CV is your personal billboard which must be comprehensive and eye-catching.  This is going to be your one and only chance to capture a potential employer’s attention, or for your resume to be tossed into the file of those they don’t want to pursue.

Competition for skilled talent is rising as the years are passing by and the salaries are just going up. Boasting one of the most diverse populations in the world with only 13% of UAE Nationals actually residing in the country, the job market is primarily made up of expats.

There are a lot of jobs in the market as their need rises. Although that means it may be easier to find a job, you’ll still need a top-notch resume to land the position you want most.

The skills section of your CV is known to be the most important one as it seeks most of the recruiter’s attention. Listing your skills provides an opportunity to showcase your skills and experiences to prime employers for the rest of your CV.


There are two types of skills to put on your resume :

– Hard Skill

– Soft Skill

Employers look for the perfect mix of both the skills when it comes to hiring an employee. Knowing the difference between them is important for better understanding and making of the CV.

Technical skills that are required to do the job are known as Hard Skills. Generally the majority of the hard skills are learned through formal educations like school, certification programs, training materials or experience on the job. Hard skills are usually teachable.

For example : An executive assistant must know Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Best Top 10+ Examples of Hard skills for a resume:

  • Foreign language fluency
  • Software programs
  • Accounting or bookkeeping
  • Writing and editing
  • Graphic Design
  • SEO/SEM Marketing
  • Social media management 
  • Data analysis
  • Writing and communication
  • Project management

Soft skills are referred to interpersonal skills. They enable you to navigate your work and social environment. Traits like having a positive attitude, communicating efficiently with your co-workers, your work management  are included in it. These skills are transferrable and can lead you to success in every field of work. It’s your soft skills that can tip the balance in your favour.

Best Top 10+ Examples of soft skills for a resume:

  • Leadership
  • Multitasking
  • Adaptability
  • Management
  • Collaboration
  • Prioritising
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Problem solving

There’ll be different jobs needing different skills. For example, a job requires you to serve customers with empathy and genuinely helping them out whereas you can also get a job where you have to reach out to resolve complex business issues. Both the situations are different here. So you have to make sure that your resume has skills as per the job requirement.


There are three categories of key skills which play a very important role in setting up your CV and hence should be used. These are :

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are general skills that can be useful in a variety of jobs. For example, writing clearly, good language skills, or the ability to organise and prioritise tasks are desirable skills in many jobs. These skills are called transferable skills because they can be transferred from one job or even one career to another.

Examples of transferable skills:

– Delegation

– Teamwork

– Communication

– Listening

– Research and Analysis

Job-related Skills

Job-related skills are the skills people typically think of first when asked, “Do you have any skills?” They are related to a particular job or type of job. An auto mechanic, for example, needs to know how to tune engines and repair brakes.

Adaptive Skills

You probably take for granted the many skills you use every day to survive and function. I call these skills adaptive or self-management skills because they allow you to adapt or adjust to a variety of situations. Some of them could be considered part of your basic personality. Such skills, which are highly valued by employers, include getting to work on time, honesty, enthusiasm, and getting along with others.

Examples of adaptive skills

– Good problem solver

– Passion towards learning

– Punctuality

– Leadership quality

– Honest


Best skills on the top

First of all you need to choose the best skill on your CV and if it’s relevant for that specific job. For example : If you’re changing your career from Sales Associate to Customer Service Representative, most of your Sales skills will become irrelevant. In that case, bidding on projects will be a useless skill. Rather proficiency at client retention will be right for the job.

Glorifying your skills

Wherever possible, glorify and exaggerate work you’ve performed in the past. Glorifying your work and lying about it are two different concepts. For example : You were a data entry specialist in your previous company, just do not simply write “efficiently managed data spreadsheets.” Instead, write that you “created an efficient data-entry method that increased productivity X%.” In this way you won’t be lying about your skills, you’d just merely call attention to them in a dramatic manner.

Highlight the skills

Highlight the skills which are important for the job. Present your abilities in the experience sections of the resume. Give concrete details  including numerals about each of your skills to make it better and attention seeking. For example : You need to show the skill of prioritising. Address it as

“Smoothly and calmly prioritised multiple web design projects for a team of 20 people in a fast-paced environment.”

Some KEY TIPS to make it better

  • Visit LinkedIn for better knowledge over the professional skills that you need to put in for the specific position you’re applying.
  • Use keywords. Before recruiters, robots tend to shortlist the applicants. You can get through it by using certain keywords that matches the job description.
  • Don’t forget to add those skills which are a universal requirement for your job


There are specific nuances that you need to be aware of while applying for a job in UAE. As it is said  that your CV should be tailored according to your specific job, it also should be tailored to fit different regions and cultures around the world as you consider employment across international boundaries.

  • Keeping The CV Precise : CV length is one of the main aspects here. Keeping your CV short and to the point will make it easy to read for the recruiters as nobody has time to go through long pages based on your experience and skills. Keeping a good short CV of 2 pages that contains pertinent information will be absolutely perfect as per Dubai’s trend.
  • Photograph : Secondarily your photo on the CV’s first page is a must. A professional passport size photograph with a grey or blue solid background is preferred.
  • Personal and Contact Information : Another important aspect that should be kept in mind is your personal information which should be complete. It’ll include –
    • Name in full
    • Phone number with country code
    • Active e-mail address and LinkedIn ID

Below your contact information, you need to mention some other details too. Which includes

    • Address
    • Gender
    • Nationality
    • Date of Birth
    • Marital status (most companies provide free family accommodation, medical insurance coverage, and some even include your children’s educational expenses as part of your compensation package)
    • Languages you are proficient in (English and Arabic are the languages in which business is conducted, but Hindi and Urdu are widely spoken)
    • Current location
    • Passport number and its expiry date
    • Your current visa status
    • Details of your driving license.
  • Attach a good cover letter : To leave a good impact on the recruiter, you need to add a well written cover letter. Just tell them why are you most eligible for the job and why the company you’re applying for caught your attention. A poorly written cover letter lacking any clarity is going to do more harm than good. When you write your cover letter, make it relevant and personal.

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