How to Write Skills on a Resume?

How to Write Skills on a Resume?
The aim of resume is to encourage a potential employer to invite us to an interview and, consequently, to hire us in position we are applying for. This intends that our resume must include true, valuable and, above all, the needed information. Contrary to opinion that the Skills and Interests section is invalid, it is not. After all, it's necessary for a recruiter to realize what you can do for entire organization, what added value you'll bring. So in order to 'sell' you've to describe them well and display that hiring you'll increase the value of entire company.


Numerous of us utilize standard phrases when writing a resume. This is not a bad approach if you're writing about general things. However, if we are to write about ourselves and our skills, it is worth considering the form twice. It's necessary to demonstrate in this section that we are not average, like everyone else. After all, each of us has individual skills that, combined with each another, make us irreplaceable. So, before we begin listing the skills we have in bulk, we should spend some time getting to realize ourselves and understanding what skills will be useful in a given job. Professional predisposition tests are effective for this purpose. If the skills essential for a given position are not described in job offer, try to discover similar advertisements or job descriptions in catalog of occupations and on their basis define the essential skills. For your convenience, below are three skill categories:

Universal - skills obtained in another positions or in a various job that you can easily utilize for your future employer

Specialist - skills closely concerned to specificity of profession

Adaptive - skills that can't be proven by experience because they relate to personality traits

In line with above categories, you should list at least one skill from each of them in your resume. To make it more simple, we propose which skills belong to each category:

Universal skills:

Interpersonal skills, i.e. communication skills, leadership, team management, motivating, etc.

Technical, i.e. computer skills, knowledge of program or more particular, i.e. hardware repair, etc.

Analytical, i.e. statistical analyzes, quick data processing or ability to conduct research / surveys, etc.

Specialized skills: e.g. running a Ad Words campaign, forklift operation, MIG and TIG welding, knowledge of C ++, etc.

Adaptive skills: organization, creativity, punctuality, enthusiasm, kindness, responsibility, creativity, etc.

Foreign languages

The skills should also contain knowledge of foreign languages, and more especially the ability to utilize them. Therefore, if we realize, as an example, English at a communicative level, it is worth noting whether in writing and speaking it is at the same level. We would like to point out that if we have a basic knowledge of a foreign language, it may assist us discover a job - but not always. It is not worth listing all the languages we have learned if we can't speak them. This dose not mean that we realize them at a basic level.

So, when writing your life skills section, this is the place that should differ depending on position you apply for. It is worth preparing them thoroughly, not mentioning skills that we do not have and not to lie The employer will be capable to quickly verify them during the trial period.

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