Must-Have Skills To List On A Resume


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Resumes are getting shorter while at the same time trying to convey more. The skills section of a resume is a prime example of this. While you want to convey all of the transferable experience you’ve learned, you don’t have the space to rattle off anything and everything. Make sure your skill set list isn’t duplicitous, disorganized, or not relevant to the position you’re applying for. Focus on these three categories when determining what skills to list on a resume and in what order.


Any managerial skills you have learned are great skills to list on a resume. Although management may not seem like a skill that needs to be listed specifically, many hiring managers view the ability to lead, maintain company protocols, and self-direct as significant. These types of skills represent more intangible aspects of a candidate’s personality.

Accounting/Budget Management/Payroll

Being able to keep track of an annual budget as well as expense reports is a skill that many hiring managers value. Additionally, if you have experience managing a company’s finances, recording time cards, and ensuring on-time payment of salaries, these should also be listed on your resume. These types of skills are another indicator of more intangible attributes, such as integrity, trustworthiness, organized.

Leadership/Program Coordinating

Although leadership may not seem like a skill, planning out a program for 20 people, or organizing day-to-day responsibilities for a team are. Go over your previous careers and identify any managerial techniques you learned that could be applied to other jobs. These transferrable methods are indeed skills to list on a resume.


Sales measures and systems are also integral skills to list on a resume. Emphasize your growth as a salesperson and the influence your sales role had on your previous company’s revenue. Boiling down your success statistics and team or account management data into dynamic percentages and actual dollar amounts can be very persuasive.


A working understanding of CRM systems can be extremely helpful in sales and business development positions. Many CRM systems are similar, so any experience is better than none. Salesforce specific experience has become a very helpful skill as countless companies are switching to cloud-based programs.


Highlight your ranking in your company, the percentage of times you meet quota, how often you exceed quota, and how many accounts you manage. Adding numbers into your skill set shows concrete examples of your success as a sales manager. Any additional numbers or percentages you can apply to represent your experience can benefit your resume immensely.


On your resume, don’t forget the basics. Leaving off common skills may indicate that you actually never learned them. Fully represent your professional experience on your resume. Make sure to check all your boxes when it comes to your experience.

Microsoft Office/Adobe

Knowing Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are integral to nearly every position. If you consider yourself proficient or skilled, tag Microsoft Office in your list. Although these platforms aren’t necessarily dynamic, when compared to other candidates who lack experience, the knowledge works in your favor.

Customer Service

Although this may seem like a no-brainer, many candidates actually lack customer service experience. Emphasize if you have been in any client-facing roles as this means you know how to represent a company’s message and can handle conflict resolution. Customer Service is a huge aspect of almost any consumer goods/services business, regardless if the individual position you are applying for is customer facing.

Keep your skill set list succinct. Bullet points, list forms, and the like are acceptable. There is no need to explain the ramifications of each program you’ve learned on your resume; these can all be covered in an interview. Focus on representing your value as an employee, your progression in your career, and your willingness to dive right in to your next job.