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1 Resume Skills By: Lise Kalla Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School

2 Why include a section about skills on my resume? O If you have little job experience in that field, listing your relevant skills shows the employer that you are qualified for the job. O Some skills are specific for one type of job. They are called technical skills. O Some skills are needed for almost every type of job. They are called soft skills.

3 Most Wanted Skills O The next slide will list the top 10 skills employers are looking for. O The first nine are soft skills. O The 10 th is technical skills.

4 Top 10 Skills Employers are Looking for 1. Leadership 2. Problem-solving skills 3. Written communication skills 4. Ability to work on a team 5. Analytical/quantitative skills 6. Strong work ethic 7. Verbal communication skills 8. Initiative 9. Computer skills 10. Technical skills Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Job Outlook 2013.

5 How do I get these skills? O Soft Skills are learned and practiced in every day life through home, school, work, sports, and community involvement. O Technical skills are usually learned and practiced when you perform specific job- related tasks or take specific job-related classes.

6 How do I show my skills on a resume? O Create a skills section for your resume O Create three or four headings from the top 10 skills list O One heading should be for technical skills related to that job. The heading name can be changed to match the job. O The other two or three headings should be skills that you are strong in AND are important for that job. O Summarize two or more ways you have practiced each skill O Use action verbs

7 How do I summarize the ways I practiced the skills? O Make a list of all of the things you have done related to the skills category. O Group similar activities together O Write a statement for each type of thing you have done, beginning with an action verb. O For ideas, see the next 10 slides.

8 Leadership Think about… Examples O …times that you were in charge of something. O Managed group assignments in class. O Led 100-member organization at school. O Directed youth group at church.

9 Problem-Solving Think about… Examples O …when you saw something wasnt right and you made it better. O …when you realized what could be and then you made it happen. O Implemented ink cartridge recycling program at school. O Developed methodology for conducting scientific experiments. O Coordinated staffing of concession stand at football games.

10 Written Communication Skills Think about… Examples O …when you wrote something you were proud of. O Developed multimedia advertising campaign in business class. O Composed business letters for a variety of purposes. O Wrote research papers in MLA format. O Earned high honors in English Language Arts class.

11 Teamwork Think about… Examples O …when you worked well with others. O Participated in a variety of team sports. O Worked in group projects at school. O Served on committee to improve school grounds.

12 Analytical/Quantitative Skills Think about… Examples O …times you had to put something together. O …times you had to figure something out. O …times you worked with math or science. O Graphed and interpreted the results of a student survey. O Developed a membership database for FBLA. O Earned high honors in math class.

13 Strong Work Ethic Think about… Examples O …things you have stuck with for a long time. O …events you attended regularly or came early and stayed late to get the job done. O …rewards you received for a job well done. O Achieved student of the month award for the social studies department. O Played baseball for eight seasons. O Received perfect attendance award five years in a row.

14 Verbal Communication Skills Think about… Examples O …when you spoke in front of others. O …times that you used persuasive speech. O Presented speeches with visual aids in class. O Served customers at football concession stand. O Sold products for school to friends and neighbors. O Read books to elementary school children.

15 Initiative Think about… Examples O …times you did something meaningful without being asked. O …you created the means to achieve something you wanted. O Organized carnival fund raiser for church. O Implemented marketing strategy for my lawn care business.

16 Computer Skills Think about… Examples O …the many things you have done with computers O …classes you have taken that focused on the use of computers. O …specific computer applications you worked with. O …recognition of your computer skills. O …industry certifications will be listed in the Education section. O Completed three levels of computer classes. O Created graphs and charts using Microsoft Excel.

17 Technical Skills Think about… Examples O …how you practiced specific skills that would be helpful for the job you seek. O …recognition of your job-specific skills. O …industry certifications will be listed in the Education section. O Handled money at football concession stand. (cashier) O Completed class on small engines. (auto repair shop) O Supervised younger siblings (child care) O Earned most valuable player in three baseball games. (assistant coach)


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