A list of professional skills for a resume

A skills type of resume is a resume organised around your skills rather than your employment history. This type of resume works well if you have gaps in your employment or if you have just graduated from college and haven't been employed in your field yet. But even if you have a traditional resume, it can be helpful to include a bulleted list of skills when applying for any professional position.

Computer Skills

Employers expect most professionals to have some computer skills. Categorise the specific type of computer skills you have, such as word processing, desktop publishing, presentation or spreadsheet. If you have knowledge of particular software programs, list those also.

Financial Skills

List skills you have related to money and other financial topics, such as budgeting and estimating. If you have any accounting skills at all, list those.

Organizational Skills

Organizational skills are important for almost any job. Employers are looking for people who can work independently and have good time management skills. Give examples of positions you have had where you have had to prioritise and set goals and make plans to achieve those goals.

Thinking and Learning Skills

The ability to learn new tasks quickly is another skill that is important to most employers. Most employees are more effective if they are good at problem-solving and decision-making.

Writing Skills

Writing is an important skill for most professionals, so if you have any writing skills, you should list them on your resume. However, there are many types of writing, so you should list whether you have any experience writing marketing publications, writing for the Internet, writing news releases or writing text for presentations.

Language Skills

In today's multicultural world, many employers are looking for people who speak more than one language. Be specific as to whether you speak or write in another language, and how fluent you are in that language.

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