Everybody strives to create a resume that will give them more interviews. But it’s not that easy to stand out from the crowd. Each job offer receives hundreds of applications and recruiters are doing their best to find the right candidate.
As you know, it’s all about the first impression you make. The way to make a great first impression to a recruiter is by having an awesome resume. This requires a lot of effort and covers many topics but in this article we will focus on one particular section — Skills.
How recruiters read your resume
To create a resume that actually works, you need to know how recruiters are going to read it. According to a study, recruiters will spend approximately six seconds reviewing your resume. This means that first of all, your resume should be structured in a way that it is easy to read. Then, take a look at your resume, find and remove everything that seems distracting.
Last but not least, you have to make sure you highlight the most important information about yourself. And what could be more relevant for a job than the skills and competencies you possess? Then go ahead and put it in the top part of your resume so they are easy to find.
What are the most important skills to include in?
Once we’ve established where your skills should be placed on your resume, it’s time to talk about what skills to actually include.
In fact, there are hundreds of skills that you can have. You might have more than one college degree or you might have taken dozens of courses. But what matters most, is that you carefully pick what you put for each job application. Because your accounting skills are not relevant if you are applying for a position as a content manager, right?
This is why you have to read the job offer and try to match your personal skills and qualifications to the one required for the role.
However, there are some more common skills that most recruiters and employers recognize as valuable. These include but are not limited to:
- Organization skills
- Problem Solving
- Research skills
By dividing your skills into groups, you can make it easier for yourself to pick the most relevant skills for a particular job.
Hard vs soft skills
When it comes to dividing skills into groups, there are two types of skills – hard and soft. As you may (or may not) know, hard skills are the ones that you can learn at school or through courses. These skills are easier for recruiters to measure.
An example would be a drivers license or knowledge of a foreign language.
On the other hand, soft skills, also known as interpersonal or social skills, are the ones that you have as personal qualities or you get through professional experiences. These skills describe the way you interact with others. Examples would be teamwork, empathy, responsibility.
If you’d like to read more examples of powerful skills to put on your resume, check out the infographic below.
Nona Madzharova is an avid content creator for Novorésumé. She likes to read books, travel and explore various cultures and she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Design & Media from Copenhagen School of Design & Technology. She also is a huge fan of coffee and chocolate.