Listing Skill or Experience… Which is More Important?

I cannot begin to emphasize how important it is to include the skills you’re looking for as they relate to the position you’re applying for. This will help you get past any applicant tracking system filters that may prevent you from being considered. For example, if you’re applying for a job at a literary magazine, your resume should include specific skills related to editing and proofreading. If you’re applying for a modeling job, you should include skills related to acting and modeling.

Let’s say you have limited experience:

  • If you are an entry-level candidate and want to explain your work ethic and dedication to a specific industry, an objective can help. It’s a way to describe your skills, experience and dedication to a specific goal that shows you have the skills necessary for the job.

You’re applying for a job that requires a specific skill or experience:

  • If you are applying for a job that requires a certain skill and have it, like proficiency in a programming language or ability to catch breaking news, then you should include it in your resume objective. Make sure to include relevant examples of how you’ve used these skills in the work you do.

Your resume objective should explain more about you than your experience. If you’re applying for a job and have read the job description closely, you may have noticed that the employer wants someone with experience in this industry or that type of position. Your resume objective should explicitly state what you are looking for. For example, you might say that you are looking for a position in cybersecurity or that you have extensive experience in SEO writing.

Make it brief. Your resume objective should be short and concise, coming up with one or two sentences that sum up your strengths and describe what you offer. You can keep it short by excluding anything that is not directly related to the job. If you are applying for several jobs at once, you might consider including a summary statement that briefly describes your skills and experiences. Tailor your resume objective to each job you apply for. It is important to tailor your resume objective for each job you apply for. As you are writing your objective, look for keywords that you can add to it to stand out more in the hiring manager’s eyes. You might end up with a more general objective, or you might add a specific goal to it.

Your resume should include a brief description of your job duties and a bulleted list of your accomplishments. To keep the attention of the hiring manager, your summary should be concise, relevant and actionable. Start each bullet point with a strong action verb and include a quantifiable achievement when applicable.

Your work experience section should include the names and locations of your former employers, your job title and the period of time you worked there. Start with your most current or most recent job and work backward to the first job you had in your current career.

Your job duties should include specific tasks you completed and the skills you used to complete them. Use the keywords from your job duties to help you describe your duties and skills when describing your previous jobs.

If you have relevant experience or skills that can be applied to the position, be sure to include them in your work experience section. Use the job duties to help you describe your responsibilities and accomplishments when applying to your current position.

The skills section of your resume is especially important when applying for a new job. While it is important to include hard skills, such as computer skills and sales skills, it is also important to include soft skills that can transfer to the job and help you stand out from other candidates.

For example, if you are applying for a job that requires strong communication skills but you have strong leadership and communication skills, you should include them in your skills section. If you are applying for a job that requires you to use a specific software program, you can include any experience you have with it in this section.