If you’ve done your homework on all of the various methods of improving your resume, you’re no doubt well aware of the importance of listing out your skills - all the better for a Hiring Manager or Human Resources Specialist to get an idea of what you’ll bring to their company in a single glance.
Resume Phrases to Skip
Phrases like “strong attention to detail,” “enthusiastic team player” and “highly motivated and energetic self-starter” are often bandied about by job seekers. While these are great, they're also viewed as generic skills.
Just like "references available upon request," these are assumed skills and do nothing to make you stand out. Use that word count more wisely! Here's what to put there instead.
Essential Skills to Include Instead
What you should be focusing on instead are hard skills that demonstrate to a potential employer the quantifiable skills you'll bring to the job.
Here are some exmples of the kinds of skills employers these days are looking for on resumes.
Social Media Marketing ExperienceRemember, having your own Facebook page and being adept at posting cat memes doesn’t qualify you as a social marketing guru. But if you have ever administrated a professional social media platform and have a working knowledge of studying performance analytics (like Google Analytics, Hootsuite, etc.) be sure to include this on your resume as a skill.
Microsoft ExcelUse caution here and don’t assign yourself some arbitrary level of expertise unless you can actually prove you’re “intermediate” or “advanced.”
Excel is an immensely complex program used for tracking information and creating spreadsheets, and the more expertise you have with it, the better.
Bilingual abilitiesJust because the job you’re going for may not require you to use a foreign language doesn’t mean it’s not crucial to note if you have a grasp of more than one language.
Employees who are bilingual are viewed as much more valuable to companies and noting this skill could flag you as a potential candidate for future advancement straight from the get-go.
Tech Speak: Java, HTML and SQLBeing bilingual in technical languages is another bonus that will make your resume a standout, even if you're not applying for a job as a web development specialist.
Graphic design skillsEven if you're not applying for a graphic design job, having additional graphic abilities can help you land a job based solely on the strength of a display of versatility of capabilities.
Writing or Blogging ExperienceCompanies are always interested in candidates with excellent written communication, and no better way exists than to point an employer to an existing blog or portfolio of writing samples.
Agile methodologies in software developmentGrowing numbers of companies are abandoning traditional software development methods and embracing agile as the solution to fostering increased levels of collaboration. Including this in your resume shows them you are already ahead of the curve.
Mobile app developmentThe vast majority of companies out there are interested in exploring mobile app solutions to broaden their visibility and better serve their customers. Displaying a know-how in this area will be sure to bring you to the attention of a hiring manager who may be looking for a candidate with bonus skills that can be put to use.
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