How to List Skills on Your Resume?
One of the most important things to know as a job applicant is how to list skills on your resume. You need to create a resume when looking for a job. It is a document that covers your contact details, educational background, and other qualifications. It also includes a skills section that highlights your abilities that are related to the job.
Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills
When it comes to creating your resume, the skills can be classified as hard and soft skills. Hard skills refer to your work experience or knowledge of the job. They can be a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, proficiency in another language, expertise in Excel, financial reporting or X years of experience with investment banking.
On the other hand, soft skills are abilities that are often hard to quantify. They can be communication skills, problem-solving skills, ability to work with a team or leadership qualities. Regardless of the industry, hiring managers consider both hard and soft skills are essential in any work environment. That’s why it is important to include both skill sets on your resume.
Things to Consider
Through the years, you’ve learned a lot of skills and gained work experience, be it language skills, computer skills or problem-solving and analytical skills. But it doesn’t mean that you have to include all of your work-related skills to your resume. So how should you create your skills section? Here are some things to consider:
1. Customize the skills section to match the job requirements
As much as possible, make sure to list your skills depending on what the recruiter is looking for. For instance, if you want to land a job in investment banking, highlight your bachelor’s degree in economics or finance, MBA, and proficiency in Excel and other MS Office programs. If you are applying for an analyst job, list the financial modeling certifications, programming languages, and other technical skills that you have.
2. Include multiple resume skills sections
If the job requires different types of skills, you can have several skill categories. They can be computer skills, language skills, technical skills, etc. It makes your list more reader-friendly and organized.
3. Add soft skills
Just like the hard skills, make sure to focus on soft skills that match the requirements of the job. The finance industry typically looks for professionals with excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work with a team, and problem-solving skills.
4. Add keywords
Hiring managers look at the skills section to know if you have the specific skills needed for the position. To increase your chances of getting noticed, make sure to use resume keywords on your resume. Many employers use automated applicant tracking systems to browse through numerous resumes and pinpoint those who have the keywords related to the job.
5. Avoid including skills that you do not have
This should be a no-brainer. However, when applying for a job in a highly competitive industry, some candidates tend to list skills that they don’t have, only to increase their chances of catching the eye of recruiters. Stick to abilities that you already have and highlight them in your skills section.
The skills section is your platform to showcase what you can do and offer. While preparing a long list of skills is a good thing, bear in mind that recruiters need to know only the abilities that are relevant to the open position. Keep your list concise and straightforward. With any luck, you’ll be able to get the attention of recruiters and get the job that you want.
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