Examples of the Best Skills to Include on Resumes

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What skills should you include on your resume? Which skill set will help you get hired? What is the difference between hard skills and soft skills? As well as providing a history of your experience, your resume is the perfect place to highlight your strengths and abilities.

How to Include Skills on a Resume

For every role you apply to, tailor the skills section of your resume so that the information included matches the skills mentioned in the job description.

You can also weave in your skills in the experience section, as you describe the tasks and responsibilities of roles you've held in the past. 

The “keyword” skills that you include in your resume and cover letters will help your job application materials get selected by the automated parsing systems employers often use to select applicants to interview. You should also be prepared to mention your most relevant skills during job interviews.

Not sure which skills to include? The employer's job posting is a great guide for what employers want to see in candidates. Spend a few minutes decoding the job ad, then tailor your resume to fit the job requirements.

As well as job specific skills, there are several much-prized general skills that nearly every employer wants - you can browse these skills below, as well as reviewing skills by category. 

Top Skills Employers Want

Review these lists of the most in-demand skills employers seek.

Resume Skills Listed By Type

Review these comprehensive lists that include both hard and soft skills for each category.

A - D

E - M

N - Z

Skills Listed by Job

As well as the general skills you'll need for most jobs, it's important to show employers that you have the job-specific skills required for success in the workplace.

Review this list of employment skills listed by job for information on the skills and attributes required for many different occupations.

Types of Skills

When you're adding skills to a resume, there are two types of skills that you should include.

Soft skills are the skills that apply to every job. These are your people skills - interpersonal skills, communication skills, and other qualities that enable you to be successful in the workplace.

Hard skills are the qualifications required to do the job. For example, computer skills, administrative skills, or customer service skills. Find out more about the difference between hard and soft skills.

Match Your Skills to the Job

Employers want to see that you have what it takes to succeed on the job. The skills you list on your resume will be used to match your qualifications to the job for which you're applying.

When you include skills on your resume be specific. The better a match you are for the job, the better chance you will have of being chosen for an interview. Depending on the job for which you're applying, there are some skills you don't need to include. Here's a list of skills you shouldn't put on your resume.

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