What do you put in the skills section of a resume?

Here is what you can list in the skills section in your resume.

List your hard skills first. You can categorise these skills under the heading “hard skills” or just include them in the first few bullet points.

Hard skills are the skills or qualifications you need to do the job you are applying for. For example, you need strong typing skills to be an executive assistant, and excellent written and verbal communication skills to be a salesperson.

Some examples of hard skills are:

  • Coding
  • Typing speed and accuracy
  • SEO marketing
  • Tax accounting
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business strategy
  • Tender writing
  • People management
  • Project management

Then include your soft skills. You can categorize these skills under the heading “soft skills” or just continue the list of bullet points.

Soft skills are linked to your personality. For example, if you are warm and outgoing, you are likely to have great interpersonal skills. Employers want to hire people with strong soft skills because they know they will work well with others and add to the organisation’s culture.

Some examples of soft skills are:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Good work ethic
  • Problem-solving and troubleshooting
  • Resilient
  • Teamwork
  • Autonomous worker
  • Role model

Lastly, list your technical skills, which can include computer systems and platforms you are familiar with that will mean you can do the job with less systems training.

Some examples of technical skills are:

  • Microsoft Office Suite / 365
  • MacOS
  • G-Suite
  • Xero or MYOB
  • SAP Business
  • Salesforce
  • Adobe Programs
  • DISC or HBDI
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