Your resume is just as significant in landing you a job as your interview. The resume is an employers’ first impression of you, so you need to start thinking like an employer and consider the skills they are looking for in a candidate.
We’ve written before about tailoring your resume to suit the requirements in every job description, but this is a list of skills you should have on your resume, no matter the position. This list is taken from a report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) that 244 employers took part in and was originally posted on ComeRecommended’s blog:
- Working on a team: Consider including relevant projects or contributions created by you and your fellow coworkers or classmates.
- Leadership: List a leadership position and accomplishments made from the position’s responsibilities
- Written communication: Incorporate relevant writing experience you have had in a position, whether it’s writing blog entries or journalistic articles. If your experiences have not allowed for much writing, consider starting your own blog.
- Problem solving: This is where you want to include quantitative data. Some examples to list include if you saved time or money by making a process more efficient, handling a crisis, or gaining more clients than last year.
- Strong work ethic: This can be conveyed from your resume if you list accomplishments rather than responsibilities or having a lot of past positions. It’s about the quality, not quantity, of work you have done.