Business Development Skills

Business Development Skills for Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews

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Here's a list of business development skills for resumes, cover letters, job applications and interviews. Required skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

Business Development Skills

A - D

  • Client Engagement
  • Client Relations
  • Cold Calling
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software
  • Customer Service
  • Cultivating Personal Relationships with Customers
  • Decision Making
  • Delivering Sales Pitches
  • Develop New Business
  • Developing Proposals for Projects
  • Developing Sales Pitches
  • Devising Strategic Plans to Expand Sales
  • Direct Sales
  • Differentiating Products/Services from the Competition
  • Documenting Business Development Activities
  • Drafting Quotes for Projects


E - M


  • Energetic
  • Enhancing Relationships with Current Customers
  • Entertaining Clients
  • Estimating Costs for Jobs
  • Facilitating Meetings with Staff and Clients
  • Finance
  • Following Up on Leads
  • Identifying Benefits of Products and Services from the Customer Perspective
  • Interviewing Current Customers to Assess Satisfaction
  • Manage Leads
  • Managing Competing Demands
  • Mastering Product Knowledge
  • Mathematical
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office Skills

    N - R

    • Reaching Out to Cold Contacts to Cultivate Business
    • Remaining Calm with Agitated Clients
    • Resilience

    S - Z

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