There are the skills that you want to remove from your resume, and then there are the skills that you want to make damn sure are included — these are the latter. There are a million ways to piece together your resume and job application materials, but what you’re really trying to get across to a potential employer is that you’re competent, confident, and have the skills needed to be an asset to their organization. The trick is finding the most efficient and clear way to broadcast that.
Every employer wants employees to walk through their door with a basic set of skills. For example, you need to know how to read and write, do basic math, and show up on time; adding these to your resume isn’t going to score you any extra points with a hiring manager. These days, the resumes that make it to the top of the pile are the ones that include any mixture of intangible skills. These can be hard to quantify, but can be picked up on by a hiring manager during an interview, or a look through someone’s work history.
Have a hard time socializing or communicating with co-workers or management? That probably comes through in someone’s resume in one way or another. But these are the types of things that are important in many modern workplaces. Employers aren’t looking to bring toxic personalities into their fold — they want people who are going to add value.
Again, your resume and cover letter are the very first things that allow you to demonstrate how you bring value. You can screw it up very easily, however. If you want to be sure to include the skills employers are looking for on your resume, start with these.
1. Social skills
You’d be surprised, but the numbers show that employers are increasingly looking for applicants who have strong social skills. In a world that is quickly changing over to robotics and A.I. to handle many business processes, the ability to connect, person-to-person, is becoming increasingly rare. Social skills are valuable, and you should be sure to showcase that on your resume.
2. Problem solving
Your employer has problems, and they need people to solve them. That’s what they’re looking for in applicants: problem solvers. This can mean a number of things, but basically, you need to translate (via your resume) that you know how to diagnose a problem, devise and strategize ways to fix it, and then implement that plan. If you can work through that process, and translate that to a hiring manager, you’re on track to get the job.
We spend a lot of time behind computer screens and smartphones, and as a society, it’s taking a toll on our communication skills. But our jobs require us to be strong communicators, in most cases, and that’s something you need to demonstrate through your resume. This is tied closely with social skills, and if you can prove you have the ability to communicate efficiently and effectively, you’ll have a leg up on other applicants.
4. Technical proficiencies
Every job is going to have a unique list of qualifications and needs. You’ll need your proficiencies in order, and be able to navigate some basic computer programs to make sure you’re not instantly disqualified from a position. Tailor your resume to include the necessary technical skills for the job you are applying for. You’ll need to look at the job description and use some intuition, but failure to do so can result in your resume never making it past the initial screening process.
Employers want organized applicants. That means that you can think and perform in an orderly fashion — not merely keep your desk and workspace straightened up. The easiest way to showcase your organization skills is through a tightly organized and coherent resume. Use your resume and cover letter as an example of your organization skills by making sure everything is accurate and in order. It can be tricky, but incredibly effective.
Prioritization should be a priority — especially when it comes to getting it down as a skill on your resume. Being able to decide which tasks or projects are the most important, communicate that to a team, and then moving to complete them is as important as any other skill out there. Make sure you find a way to list it on your resume.