Revising Your Resume? These Are Skills Employers Like To See
The Covid-19 pandemic is certainly affecting business, and that includes, sadly, furloughs and laying off employees. Many are using the quarantine to refresh and reboot their resumes as they explore next options. That's a great idea. If you are, take a moment to consider the skills that employers have said they like to see on a resume.
Now, before we just start listing some of these on a resume, you need to be prepared to discuss how you have, at some point, embodied these skills and values in your every day life or on the job. Just like you wouldn't just randomly list a college degree you don't have, don't put things on a resume that aren't true for you. This is simply feedback from a study done by Resume Foundry. Lying, however easy it seems or how impressive it may look, will never pay off in the long run. Don't do it.
That being said, the study revealed some of the things that potential employers like to see on a potential candidate's resume:
Teamwork. There are very few things we can fully accomplish in this life in any scenario that doesn't involve "working well with others." That's not to say that being independent is a bad thing--of course, not. At the same time, many situations require being able to work with others to achieve a larger goal. Employers know this and seek team players who are able to build good relationships with both fellow employees, clients, and customers.
Organization and an ability to plan. This comes more naturally to some people. However, it is a learnable skill. Every business wants someone who can plan to succeed and then follow-through. If you're a results-oriented individual who can plan well and organize details, employers want to know that about you.
Communication. Oh my goodness, poor communication causes more problems than perhaps anything else, in my opinion. People misunderstand and miscommunicate in ways that are not only detrimental in their personal lives, but certainly on the job, as well. If you're able to listen well, speak articulately, and write diplomatically--you should be prepared to discuss this. It's highly prized.
Creative problem-solving. Especially in today's extremely competitive workplace, being able to innovate and solve problems in a creative manner couldn't be more vital. Times are different and the way we approach our work needs to be, as well. If you're able to generate create solutions, this is a skill they'll want to know about. Give examples.
Management and Leadership. Very often these terms are used interchangeably, but they shouldn't be. Being a manager and a leader don't necessarily mean the same thing. However, if you are able to manage people in an enlightened, yet productive manner, that is priceless.
If you're an employer, what other skills might you add to this list?