One of the most important parts of any resume? The skills section. In fact, selecting the top skills to highlight on a particular resume can make or break you as a candidate.
But understanding the hard and soft skills that best position you to earn that coveted interview often feels like a guessing game. There’s a lot at stake. So to be successful, you need to learn the skills most important to companies today.
Top Skills to Include on Your Resume
Listing skills on your resume is easy. Sure, some skills are universal. And many soft skills can make you an attractive candidate for any company. But listing the right skills in the right way is a little bit trickier. Are you mentioning the right skills for this job? Or are you boring the HR manager with irrelevant information?
Of course, there is the chance the HR team will never actually see your resume. Most companies today use applicant tracking systems to help them go through the thousands of resumes they receive for every job posting. These systems scan your resume for keywords relevant to the job you’re looking for. Fail to mention the right skills, and the ATS will discard your resume before it ever reaches the hands and eyes of the HR or hiring manager.
So for every resume you submit, you should list the skills most relevant to that specific job at that company.
For more information on the top skills companies often look for, take a look at this infographic from Novoresume. This guide will walk you through the process of putting skills on your resume, explain how to identify the right skills, and how, exactly, to list them.
After all, the first thing employers want to see are the skills you bring to the table.