Resume writing: key skills

This section includes the skills you have acquired to date. This is another opportunity to attract readers' attention and hold their interest. It's mostly used to support your resume objective or summary of qualifications. It's essential that your resume emphasize the skills you have that directly support your ability to do your target job.

A good place to look for skills to feature is in the description of advertised job. Jon-specific skills can be quite important in qualifying for a job.

Basic/Adaptive Skills

These skills are considered the minimum to keep a job. Employers usually won't hire someone who has problems in these areas:

  • Follow instructions
  • Get along with supervisor
  • Getting along well with coworkers
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Good attendance
  • Punctuality
  • Good work ethic
  • Productivity
  • Honest
  • Meet deadlines

Other Basic/Adaptive skills:

  • Able to coordinate
  • Ambitious
  • Apply new skills
  • Assertive
  • Capable
  • Cheerful
  • Competent
  • Complete assignments
  • Conscientious
  • Creative
  • Dependable
  • Discreet
  • Eager
  • Efficient
  • Energetic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Expressive
  • Flexible
  • Formal
  • Friendly
  • Good-natured
  • Helpful
  • Humble
  • Imaginative
  • Independent
  • Industrious
  • Informal
  • Intelligent
  • Intuitive
  • Learn quickly
  • Loyal
  • Mature
  • Methodical
  • Modest
  • Motivated
  • Natural
  • Open-minded
  • Optimistic
  • Original
  • Patient
  • Persistent
  • Physically strong
  • Reliable
  • Resourceful
  • Responsible
  • Self-confident
  • Sense of humor
  • Sincere
  • Solve problems
  • Spontaneous
  • Steady
  • Tactful
  • Take pride in work
  • Tenacious
  • Thrifty
  • Trustworthy
  • Versatile
  • Well organized

Key Transferable Skills

These skills can be transferred from a job to job. They are most likely needed in jobs with a higher pay and responsibility.

  • Accept responsibility
  • Communicate in writing
  • Control budgets
  • Increase sales or efficiency
  • Instruct others
  • Manage money or budget
  • Manage people
  • Meet deadlines
  • Meet the public
  • Multitask
  • Negotiate
  • Organize/manage projects
  • Plan
  • Prioritize
  • Solve problems
  • Speak in public
  • Supervise others

Other transferable skills

  • Dealing with things
    • Assemble or make things
    • Build, observe, inspect things
    • Construct or repair buildings
    • Drive or operate vehicles
    • Operate tools and and machinery
    • Repair things
    • Use complex equipment
    • Use my hands
  • Dealing with data
    • Analyze data or facts
    • Audit records
    • Budget
    • Calculate, compute
    • Classify data
    • Compare, inspect, or record facts
    • Count, observe, compile
    • Detail-oriented
    • Evaluate
    • Investigate
    • Keep financial records
    • Locate answers or information
    • Manage money
    • Negotiate
    • Research
    • Synthesize
    • Take inventory
  • Working with people
    • Administer
    • Care for
    • Confront others
    • Counsel people
    • Demonstrate
    • Diplomatic
    • Help others
    • Interview others
    • Insightful
    • Kind
    • Listen
    • Negotiate
    • Outgoing
    • Patient
    • Persuade
    • Pleasant
    • Sensitive
    • Sociable
    • Tactful
    • Teach
    • Tolerant
    • Tough
    • Trust
    • Understand
  • Using words, ideas
    • Articulate
    • Communicate verbally
    • Correspond with others
    • Create new ideas
    • Design
    • Edit
    • Inventive
    • Logical
    • Remember information
    • Research
    • Speak in public
    • Write clearly
  • Leadership
    • Arrange social functions
    • Competitive
    • Decisive
    • Delegate
    • Direct others
    • Explain things to others
    • Get results
    • Mediate problems
    • Motivate people
    • Negotiate agreements
    • Plan
    • Run meetings
    • Self-controlled
    • Self-motivated
    • Solve problems
    • Supervise others
    • Take risks
  • Creative, Artistic
    • Artistic
    • Dance, body movement
    • Draw, sketch, render
    • Expressive
    • Music appreciation
    • Perform, act
    • Play instruments
    • Present artistic ideas

Job-Related Skills

These are the skills people typically first think when asked, " do you have any skills ". These skills are related to a particular job or type of job. An accountant, for instance, needs to know to create a general ledger and use accounting software. You might have gained your job-related skills in a variety of ways, including education, training, work, hobbies, or other life experiences.

It should be not a list of all what you do, but an illustration of your best skills to indicate in which area of work you most effective and productive.

Mention successes in your professional life and experience or skills gained through  voluntary  work using  positive  words . A good way to prove a key skill is to prove it with a story by stating work situation, when you used it, or the type of activity. Try to quantify the examples by giving numbers such as money saved, sales increased, or others measures to support those skills.

Emphasize the results you've achieved or any accomplishments.

If it is your first job, try to highlight any work  experience or special responsibility at school, college or university.

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