Everything you do increases your skill set. For instance, have you participated in sports? If you have, you probably developed teamwork and leadership skills.
Are you a master with the computer? You probably have abilities with Microsoft programs. Employers need clerical workers who can type letters, use Excel spreadsheets, create PowerPoint presentations, check email, and enter data.
Have you worked on oral reports in school? You have communication talents. Employers need articulate, outspoken employees to work in retail sales. Customer service is a huge component of any business and companies appreciate employees who can work with the public in a professional way.
Do you do odd jobs for family and friends? If so, you can say that you are dependable and hard working.
Do you do well with your grades in school? This shows that you have the ability to learn new things quickly. Hiring managers like to know that you will be easy to train.
Did you work on the school newspaper? Were you involved in the Yearbook club? Did you sell items for fundraising? These activities fostered your sales and clerical abilities.
Ways to Determine Your Skill Sets
There are two ways to assess your abilities. One is to make a list of all the work, specialty classes, and activities that you participated in during your life. This is a good thing to do because you will need the list for the experience section of your resume. Next you should decide what kind of work you want to do. Check job listings for that particular job. The job post will usually outline what they want in a candidate. For instance, you will probably find many positions looking for candidates who have people skills, who can work as part of a team, who are enthusiastic, hard-working, and who can understand and follow instructions.
A few great skill words that might describe you are: accurate, cheerful, dependable, communicative, adept with computers, courteous, enthusiastic, flexible, leader, helpful, multi-tasker, organized, punctual, reliable, willing to learn, fast worker, and responsible.
Where to Put Your Skills on Your Resume
For each sport or club or activity that you belonged to, list the name of the organization, the location and your title within the group. Then list what you did as a member, and how you contributed. You can also say what you learned from that experience, such as teamwork or leadership.
Thanksgiving Soup Kitchen
- Volunteered to prepare and serve dinner to community residents.
- Displayed time management and social skills.
- Participated in four musicals and plays and was a major role in three of them.
- Shows time management, teamwork, cooperation, social skills, leadership, and dedication.
- A flyer in XYZ High School’s cheerleading team
- Exhibits determination, coordination, teamwork, and cooperation.
- This program allowed me to mentor and interact with elementary grade students
- Displays patience, social skills, and cooperation.
Preparing your Resume
You should prepare a separate resume for each job type. You should have one for retail, one for fast food, and one for internships etc. Remember to state the job skills that you possess that match the industry and job postings to which you are applying.