Highlighting Your Skills
Your Resume. A snapshot of who you are and what you can bring to the job.
Here at Contemporaries, we go beyond the resume and know that it’s just a small window into what you can bring to the table. That being said, it’s still important that the most important things are highlighted in that small window.
So what’s most important to put in, and how do you highlight what’s already there? We pulled a few helpful tips from Nona Madzharova‘s article These Are the Best Skills to Include In Your Resume, and added some of our own pointers as well.
- First things first: Recruiters go through dozens of resumes a day, so they don’t have much time to spend pouring over every resume they receive. Always tailor your resume to the job you’re applying to, and make sure you put the most important skills you possess that they’re looking for at the top. Also, you always want to make sure your resume is neat, clear, and organized well for this reason.
- Soft and hard skills: You’ll of course want to list any “hard” skills you have, such as computer programs and competencies. But you’ll also want to include “soft” skills, such as problem solving, emotional intelligence, organization, and more. Be sure to remove skills that aren’t relevant, and add ones that make sense for the job. It may be tempting to include every single program and skill you possess, but remember to match it to the job.