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Career Resource: The Best Resume Skills and How to List Them

The folks over at Jobscan Blog put this fantastic resource together. Take a look and you'll find some of the most important skills you can include on a resume, and even better, the best ways TO list them. When you're done reading this short excerpt, head on over to their blog to read the full thing, along with a ton of other great posts!

Excerpt from: Jobscan Blog

Choosing the right skills when writing your resume is the ticket to getting noticed, interviewed, and hired for a job. But how do you know which resume skills recruiters want to see?

In this article, we’ll help you determine which job skills employers are looking for and how to include them on your resume.

Read on to learn:

  • The 10 best soft skills to include on your resume

  • Which resume skills you’ll need to get past the ATS

  • 4 ways to write a resume skills section

  • The top skills for your resume by job

  • TL;DR: Resume Skills FAQs

Let’s start with why resume skills are important

Recruiters and hiring managers can see hundreds or even thousands of resumes each day. In their search to find the best candidates, they look first and foremost at skills and ask: Does this candidate’s skill set match the job requirements?

Additionally, many companies, including 99% of Fortune 500 companies, employ an applicant tracking system (ATS) to streamline the hiring process. An ATS sorts and ranks resumes based on important keywords, primarily hard skills.

That’s why highlighting the right job skills on your resume is vital to getting the job. If it’s not immediately apparent that you have the right skills for the position, your resume could be—and likely will be—passed over.

Not sure what your resume skills are? Try this.

Whether you’ve been doing the same job for a while or have no experience and are looking for your first opportunity, it can sometimes be challenging to articulate the specific skills you possess. One of the easiest ways to figure out your top skills is to create a brainstorm list to break down the skills you use to complete your most common tasks.

Start by listing the tasks you complete daily, weekly, or monthly. Then walk through your process for each task and make a list of the skills involved to complete each one. For example, for the task of, say, writing an article, the skills required might look like:

  • Researching

  • Using SEO Tools

  • Interviewing Sources

  • Grammar and Spelling

  • Writing

  • Editing

  • Collaboration with Team Members

  • Punctuality

Once you create your brainstorm list for each task, you can identify the most valuable skills. This is a good place to start when selecting your top resume skills. From here, you can add or remove the skills from your resume based on the specific job you are applying for.

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