Desirable Skills in the Workplace

When writing your resume, focus on the transferable skills you used to complete your work. This is particularly helpful when your responsibilities are not directly related to your future career. Start your skill statement with an action verb and tell the reader what you did, how you did it and why you did it.

What to Include on Your Resume to Communicate Your Job Skills?

Balance two to five statements within the three areas below, blending all three when possible. For example:

"Tell me about a time in your most recent job when you were required to demonstrate specific job."

Technical/job specific skills:

  • Computer skills
  • Job or industry-specific knowledge and skills
  • Academic knowledge that prepared you for the career.

"Accurately maintained termination files of temporary employees in a database using attention to detail and accuracy."

Communication and human relation skills:

  • Leadership
  • Customer service
  • Listening
  • Rapport building
  • Public speaking
  • Conflict management
  • Writing
  • Coaching/training
  • Teamwork/team building

"Utilized professionalism and excellent communication skills when interacting with customers on a daily basis."

Critical Thinking

  • Goal setting
  • Creativity
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Sound judgement
  • Time management
  • Organizational skills
  • Priority setting
  • Project management
  • Decision making

"Managed multiple projects simultaneously using time management and organization."

"Employed problem solving and sound judgment resolving conflicts among 10-15 year old campers."