8 Skills That Will Make Your Resume Pop

By Robert Half September 26, 2017 at 3:57am

Salaries are rising, and competition for skilled talent is heating up as companies expand their teams across the United States. Although that means it may be easier to find a job, you'll still need a top-notch resume to land the position you want most. Make sure you highlight these eight skills on your resume to stand out from the competition:

1. Communication​​

First and foremost, you should focus on your verbal and written communication skills, along with your sharp listening abilities. By highlighting these critical skills in your profession, your resume will shine. Play up your track record of strong communication with your colleagues, manager and customers (if you interact with customers). 

2. Multitasking

Handling several tasks simultaneously is the status quo for many employees today. Some examples include juggling multiple projects and project deadlines, or managing relationships with both clients and colleagues. Note on your resume the types of tasks and situations you've handled regularly — and how you did so calmly and efficiently.

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3. Prioritizing

How do you prioritize your work in a fast-paced environment? Employees are often tasked with tackling multiple projects at once, and many requests come in on the fly, which requires you to operate with grace under fire. Detail how you prioritize your projects and requests. The last thing an employer wants is an easily flustered employee.

4. Organization

A stellar resume shows that you're organized in every task or project you take on. Whether you're a receptionist who should be able to find files and phone numbers at a moment's notice, or a web developer updating multiple websites, highlight your approach to organizing your work. 

5. Technical skills

Play up your technical knowledge specific to the job. Accounting candidates may need an in-depth knowledge of the latest accounting technology and programs, including QuickBooks and Microsoft Dynamics GP. An administrative professional's resume might include experience using phone systems, and word processing skills are a must.

6. Interpersonal skills

Soft skills can be a clear differentiator among candidates. In fact, many mangers say it's more challenging to teach interpersonal skills than technical skills. A customer service representative job would require someone who can demonstrate empathy with customers and genuinely want to help them resolve their concerns, for example. And many jobs require collaboration and the ability to reach out across an organization to resolve complex business issues. Depending on the job, you might note your ability to maintain good relationships with customers or employees at all levels of the company.

7. Initiative and problem-solving abilities

Prove how essential you've been to past managers by highlighting examples of ways you took the initiative to solve problems and take on special projects on your resume. Or perhaps you excel at looking at complicated business issues and bringing creative solutions to the table. Give tangible examples. 

8. Dependability

It doesn't matter what the job is, hiring managers want people on their team who do what they say they're going to do. Dependability can be particularly important if you're working for outside clients — missing a deadline can mean losing that client. Do you always finish your projects on time or before the deadline? Do you always follow through on your work commitments? These are traits to highlight.

While some of these skills may seem like a given, it's essential to bring them to light in your resume. Showing that you're well-rounded in these eight areas could give you the edge during the hiring process.

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This post has been updated to reflect more current information.

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