Writing a good resume is not an easy task. Especially when you are actively looking for a job and need to create dozens of applications.
As you probably already know, each of the resumes you send out should be specifically written for the position you are applying for.
But how can you do that?
The first step is to carefully examine the job offer and highlight the most important keywords from their requirements. Then you can start thinking how to implement these in your application – either in the work experience and projects section or in the skills part.
Types of Skills
There are certainly some skills and competencies that you can prove you have such as a certificate or a drivers license. Such skills are called “hard skills”.
In other words hard skills are the ones you can learn at school or through courses or learning materials. Other examples might be the ability to work with Microsoft Office Package or software such as Adobe Photoshop.
It’s much easier for recruiters to evaluate your possession of hard skills but there are also abilities that are more difficult to measure.
These as known as “soft” or interpersonal skills. A few examples would be:
Soft skills are usually obtained through personal experiences and they are closely related to your interaction with other people.
Including the right skills in your resume
In order to create a strong application, you need to include the most relevant skills. This is why you should read the job offer a few times and make a list of the hard skills – the ones you can prove you have, and the soft skills – the ones you know you possess and can demonstrate with professional experience or work on various projects.
But have you ever wondered where should the skills section be placed on your resume? According to experts in career advice, it depends on the layout of you resume.
If you decide to go with the one-column design, the skills must be placed somewhere in the top part to make it visible for recruiters and employers to find them.
Since skills are probably the most important section, you should put them in the top part of your two-column resume as well. The right side will be a good choice, right after your personal details.
To learn more about the best skills you can include in your resume, take a look at the infographic below.