What to Include in a Resume Skills Section

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The skills section of your resume includes your abilities that are related to the jobs you are applying for. List skills that are relevant to the position or career field that you are interested in, such as computer skills, software skills, and/or language skills.

Customize Your Resume Skills Section

Customize the skills section of your resume to match, as much as you can, the requirements listed in the job posting.

The closer a match your skills are to the job requirements, the better your chances of being selected for an interview.

For example, if you are applying for an administrative position, include Microsoft Office skills, QuickBooks skills (if you have them), and other software programs you can use in your skills section. If you are a computer programmer, list the programming languages, software, platforms, and other Information Technology skills you have in your resume skills section.

Having a skills section makes it easy for hiring manager to pinpoint if you have a specific skill required for a position. It is also an easy way to get resume keywords onto your resume.

Here are tips for writing your resume skills section.

Skills Lists

Not sure what skills to include? Here's a list of resume and cover letter keywords you can use to describe your skills, and here are lists of resumes skills for a variety of occupations and types of jobs.

Resume Skills Section Example


  • Mastery of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience with QuickBooks and with maintaining office budget
  • Ability to work with several operating systems, including Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux

    Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills

    Skill sets include both hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills are teachable abilities or skills that can be quantified. Soft skills are subjective interpersonal skills that are much harder to quantify.

    Both types of skills may be included on a resume and in cover letters. Here's more information on the difference between hard skills and soft skills, and a list of soft skills.

    Resume Examples

    Here's an example of a full-size resume formatted resume skills section to take a look at.

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