Skills

Yes, you have them

There are two types of skills companies are traditionally looking for - hard & soft

  • Hard skills are also known as technical (programs and software, operations, etc.)

  • Soft skills may be referred to as behavioral or personal (communication, flexibility, etc.)

It is important to note that we typically use 1-3 words for each skill we list.

Your skills should be relevant to the job descriptions that you’re applying for. The best way to figure out if they’re relevant is to look at a current job you’re considering applying for and see what skills or keywords (that look like skills) are showing up.

We also suggest the best way to weed out skills on your resume are taking off anything that you’re not at least ‘intermediate’ or ‘proficient’ in.

This also works in reverse - there may be skills you think are basic and shouldn’t be listed, but if it’s one of your strengths, put it out there!

You do not need to list out how accomplished you are in this position (experts vs. intermediate), but you can distinguish the difference between personal and technical skills.


But what if my skills don’t apply to the new job I want?

This is where transferable skills come in - because almost all of your skills required OTHER skills in order to learn those skills in the first place. What skills essentially are showing an employer is your ability to adapt and learn. We see this a lot with personal skills - negotiation, collaboration, flexibility, communication, etc.

Likewise, just because you haven’t used that skill in a specific manner that they’re looking for, doesn’t mean that you can’t apply it in the future.

According to Forbes, these are the top 6 of the 7 transferable skills that will apply to any career change (7th is technical, but that is too vague)

  • Communication

  • Critical Thinking

  • Multitasking

  • Teamwork

  • Creativity

  • Leadership