Sometimes it can be tricky to decide which skills are relevant to share. A good starting point is to think about previous experiences – where did you excel? Where would your peers say you’re particularly useful? Here’s a simple guideline to help you figure out just how to list your skillset:
- Consider your awards and achievements:
Did you ever receive recognition for meeting a particular objective or excelling in a specific area? If so, your skills likely helped you reach this achievement. Consider what personal talents or attributes helped you conquer that milestone.
- Ask former coworkers or fellow students
Sometimes others can help note strengths you may not recognize in yourself. Don’t be shy to reach out to a former manager/colleagues who worked closely with you. If you’re new to the professional world, reach out to students you have worked with, or teachers who know you well.
- Talk to professionals in the field
If you’re having a difficult time determining what skills an employer may be looking for, consider contacting a professional who is already working in that industry or even in a position similar to the one you’re applying for. Find out what skills they consider most important, and then identify which align with your own.
Remember, when you’re creating a list of skills for your resume to only include those you know to be your strengths. If there’s something you’re still learning, don’t feel pressured to include it just because it appears in the job posting. If the employer mentions a skill you didn’t include during the interview process, you can discuss how you’re working to learn or improve for the role.