What everybody is saying in their resumé’s Skills section.
And regrettably, we do mean EVERYBODY.
If you are using unoriginal, nonspecific information in your Skills section, then you are not setting yourself apart from other candidates and wasting valuable space on your resume. You are listing information that will just get skipped over because it doesn’t provide any information to evaluate you with.
If you are using some of the following content, then it’s time to revamp your resume writing know-how:
- A quick learner with the ability to adapt to new challenges
- Communicate well with a wide range of people
- Flexible and adaptable
- Effective communication skills and interpersonal skills
- Work well independently and in team projects
- Excellent customer service skills
- Great at multi-tasking
- Attentive to detail
- Innovative thinker
Likely you are falling into a mind trap of thinking “I need to put down the qualities of what employers say they want. These are keywords that a computer will be screening for.” The truth is that hiring managers want you to tell them HOW you have these skills by implying them through how you describe EXAMPLES from your experience and education. And don’t forget to tailor it! Tell them what you’ve done and choose details and actions that are relevant to the work you would be doing in the position you are seeking. Take a look at these stronger examples:
- Estimated design projects and workflow for a small landscaping company
- 5+ years of large crowd management
- Over 7 years of organizing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data
- Planned meetings and developed schedules for room use
- Recruitment – assisted with interviewing and provided training for new employees
- Fluent in Spanish, written and spoken
- Proficient in Adobe design programs: Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign
Written by Shannon Turner