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Article Objective

In this article you will come to know the importance of writing resume skills different types of resume skill that will possibly benefit your application to land your dream job.

Table of contents

  1. The importance of adding skills on a resume
  2. Types of skills to include on a resume
  3. Different method of adding skills on a resume
  4. How to write skills on resume that brings more interview opportunities
  5. Checklist to put skills on a resume
  6. Do’s and Don’ts

Every input you are adding into a resume creates value and enhances the job opportunity among the vast talent pool. A high-quality resume should possess notable key elements such as heading summary education experience and key skills. Adding appropriate skills are most important factor in resume writing. As already mentioned every part is equally important among which writing key skills in your resume with the prominent fashion that fascinates the hiring manager to take your candidacy forefront and standout your application.  Here we explained every facets of writing exceptional method of putting right skills on a resume.

The importance of adding skills on a resume

As soon as your resume is sent to the job opening the recruiter or a hiring manager actively engages into the screening process which is to shortlist the relevant resume that mostly matching with their requirements. This is such a big process where the recruiter losses the big amount of time practically they can’t read out each stuffs in a resume. So they look into the related skills on a resume (ideally followed by the resume objective) that fits with their job description. So simply by mentioning right skills on your resume may increase the chance of receiving more job opportunities.

Types of skills to include on a resume

There are plenty of skills can be include on a resume based on your job and personality level. It doesn’t make any sense simply stuffing so many skills on your resume just for the sake of adding them. You should know your real skills and types of related skills that would factually credit your resume.

Here we distinguished two main types of skills and they categorized into various form

Two main types resume skills

  1. Hard skills
  2. Soft skills

Hand skills vs. Soft skills

Hard skills

Let’s assume you have been shortlisted for a direct interview. You dressed well and had enough interview preparation as far as you could. You reached the venue and call for a first round with the floor manager who is responsible for productivity of the particular division. He pours you loads of question only related to the job. The questions targeting to know how fast you could work the quality of your work what would be your productivity level and so on…

So what do you think is correct! The interviewer’s ultimate aim to understand your hard skills means your job performing skills.

Soft skills

Whereas now you have been asked to attend the second round of interview usually a HR round. The interviewer questions nothing relevance to the job but about your personality emotions attitude and Conduct. The example question “how will you react if your work is criticized?”

 So what the interviewer trying to know is your soft skills you are internal strength and weaknesses as a person. They test whether you are a correct fit to collaborate with their work environment

The hiring manager indeed expects the required skills from a candidate. If the necessary skills are appropriately included in your resume would be easier for them identify your potential.

Both hard skill and soft skill are equally important to land your desired job. The following sections will help you to comprehend and apply both the skills in an appropriate fashion in your resume.

Various forms of Soft skills

  1. Personal skills
  2. Organizational Skills
  3. Management Skills
  4. Leadership skills
  5. Communication skills

Personal skills

  • Self-motivation
  • Adaptability
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Employ-ability
  • Patience
  • Self-confident
  • Assertiveness
  • Independent
  • Positive attitude
  • Responsibility

Organizational Skills

  • Time Management
  • Team Work
  • Collaboration
  • Focus
  • Prioritization
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Productivity 
  • Accuracy
  • Commitment
  • Dedication

Management Skills

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Office Administrative
  • Performance Tracking
  • Team Management
  • Interpersonal skill
  • Analytical Skill
  • Flexibility
  • Planning
  • Organizing
  • Delegating
  • Pressure handling
  • Presentation
  • Transferable

Leadership soft skills

  • Decision Making
  • Problem-solving 
  • Critical Thinking
  • Taking Risk
  • Team building
  • Organizing
  • Empathy
  • Forecasting
  • Negotiation
  • Stress Management
  • Training
  • Mentoring
  • Public speaking
  • Research
  • Detail analysis
  • Target fixing
  • Branding

Communication skills

  • Active listening,
  • Verbal communication,
  • Written communication
  • Foreign Language’s

Various forms of hard skills

  1. Basic computer skills
  2. Jon / profession based Technical skills  – these skill can be divided into two types as followed
    1. IT Skills
    1. Non IT Skills

Basic Computer skills that are most required to your resume

  • MS Office
  • Email management
  • Fast typing
  • Data entry

Various Job and profession based resume skills / Technical Skills

IT Skills that can be added with a resume

ABAP GSM Microcontrollers SAP Security
AbInitio Hibernate Microprocessors SAP SEM
Active Directory Internet Marketing Microsoft Access SAP SRM
ActiveX ISDN Microsoft Excel SAP WMS
ADO ITIL Microsoft Exchange Software Testing
Adobe Illustration J++ MicroStation Solaris
Adobe Pagemaker J2EE MIDP SoundForge
Adobe Photoshop J2ME MIS Reports Spring
Affiliate Marketing J2SE MOSS SPSS
AS 400 Java Motif SQL Server
ASP JavaCard MS Project Struts
Assembly Language JavaScript MS Visio Switching
Auto CAD JBoss Multimedia Sybase
AutoLISP JBoss Seam Multithreading Symbian C++
Automation Testing JCL Murex Symbian
Autosys JDBC MVS SyncML
BAAN JFace Natural Adabas Tally
Back Office Jini NetWeaver TCL/TK
Back Office Operations JIRA Networking TCP/IP
Backend JMock Nortel TELNET
Blackberry JMS Novell Teradata
Bluetooth JNI ODBC Tibco
BPCS JPA Online Marketing TLM
Business Objects JSF Operating Systems Turbo Pascal
Data Warehousing JSP Oracle Apps Tuxedo
Database Adminis. JUnit Oracle UIQ
Datastage LAN OS/2 UniGraphics
Db4o Linux PeopleSoft Upstream
DCA Load Runner Perl VAX/VMS
DCOM Log4j Photoshop VB.NET
Delphi Lotus Notes PHP VBScript
Derby Mac OS PL/1 Verilog
Designing Mainframe PL/SQL Vi
Developer/D2K Manual Testing Plc Video Editing
DHCP MATLAB PostgreSQL Vignette
DHTML Maven PowerBuilder Vision Plus
Digital Marketing Maximo PowerPlay Visual Basic
Distribution Maya PPC Visual C++
DNS MCP Primavera Visual Foxpro
PVCS MCSA PRO E Visual Interdev
Python MCSE Pro*C VLSI
QBasic MFC Progress 4GL VMS
Quality Assurance SAP FICO Xenix VPN
RedHat SAP Idocs XML VSS/Clearcase
Remedy SAP IS-GAS/OIL XStream VxWorks
Remoting SAP IS-Retail Yantra WAN
RichFaces SAP MDM 3D Max WCF
RIM SAP MM SAP Basis Web Designing
Routing SAP PP SAP BW WebMethods
RTOS SAP Practice SAP COPA WebSphere
S60 SAP PS SAP CRM Winform
SAP Abap SAP QM WML Winrunner

Non-IT Skills can be added to resume based on job requirement

Accounting Healthcare
Accounts Management Hospitality
Acting Human Resources
Administration HVAC
Advertising Illustration
Advisory Image Consulting
Agriculture Income Tax
Analysis Industrial Designing
Animation Internet
Acquisitions Law Enforcement
Architecture Legal
Art Therapy Loans
Astrology Logistics
Authoring Marketing
Automation Mechanical
Baking Medical
Banking Networking
Banking Insurance Pharmaceutical
Biotechnology Public relation
Body Art Publishing
Bookbinding Real Estate
Bookkeeping Recruitment
Bpo Restaurant
Business Analysis Retail
Chartered Accountancy sales
Cloth Design Sales Accounting
Coaching Sales Planning
Company Laws Sales Tax
Composing Scientific
Construction Screen Printing
Cooking Security
Copywriting Social Media
Corporate Finance Store Planning
Cost Accounting Supply Chain
Counseling Talent Acquisition
Curating Tax Audits
Customer Relations Tax Laws
Customer Service Teaching
Dance Telecommunication
Design Telemarketing
Document Administration Textile Designing
Education Therapy
Electrical Trade Execution
Electrical Distribution Training
Electronics Transportation
Email Marketing Travel
Energy Upholstery
Engineering Vehicle Operating
Entertainment Vendor Management
Facilities Visa Expat Management
Film Editing Visual Merchandising
Finance Volunteering
Floristry Waste Management
Food Service Weaving
Graphic Design Wine Making
Hairdressing Writing
Headhunting Yoga

How to put skills on a resume that brings more interview opportunities

Now you are aware and confident on the skills you possess. Meanwhile, verify the job description for the applying job, weather the skills you have are matches to the job requirement. Certain things needs to be considered while bringing your skills on a resume. They are as follows

  1. Positioning of the skills include on a resume
  2. Relevancy of the skills included on a resume
  3. Appearance of the skills shown into to a resume

Positioning of the skills:

No matter how long the resume is but skills must be in an appropriate position to catch the eye of recruiter during screening or interview process. Typically, the skills are placed on a resume on top of the page followed by professional summary. For example, if you are drafting a resume for a Java Developer position

resume skills positioning

Relevancy of the skills

As the skills are more important on a resume, the recruiter’s would more keen on reviewing the skills with relevancy and genuineness. It will be easily caught if the skills are copy pasted for the sake adding stuffs into a resume.

Refer job description, job requirement, industry needs and verify them with your skills concerning with the factual data’s. Bring those real skills to your resume.

Appearance of the skills shown into a resume

It is better recommended that the skills are highly visible to attract the eyes of reader. Bullet points are traditional but yet commonly welcome by the recruiters. Meanwhile, there are other methods as charts and diagram types are more interesting to add better look to your resume.

Bullet points

Dotted Bar graph

Pie charted

resume skills

Line graph

Checklist to put skills on a resume

  • Check the skills are included in resume are appropriate and as per job requirement
  • Verify the skills are correctly placed, designed and are relevant
  • Check both hard skills and soft skills are included on your resume

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Don’t include outdated or irrelevant skills
  • Do list your most relevant skills first. Make each entry brief and specific as many as you could.
  • Do organize things as easy to read
  • Don’t include anything personal, religious, or political
  • Do review once again
  • Do check the grammar, spelling and language errors if any
  • Don’t copy paste from somewhere else
Key Takeaways
  1. Hard skills vs. Soft skills
  2. Two types of hard skill (IT skills and Non-IT Skills)
  3.  Positioning, relevancy and appearance of the skills on a resume

The skills section is the area where the recruiter wants to put special attention and proceeds to your resume to the next level. If you are not sure about the skills that you are specialized with, do some analysis on your previous endeavors such as when did you made achievements, received a appreciation and research your track records.  Yet, if you couldn’t found your skills, ask your colleagues, boss or someone who know you better. Including the right skills are big strength of your resume, never miss a chance.

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