4. Update key skills
Your resume should include a list of between 10 and 15 skills that link your abilities and qualities to the job you are applying for.
The job listing will provide a list of skills that are essential for doing the job. These skills will be highlighted in your gathered information.
Your list of key skills and strengths needs to respond to all the items on the essential list and as many items as possible on the desirable list.
When putting together this list, think of things you have done or learned to do as part of:
- Jobs you have had
- Your studies
- Any work placements you have done
- Any volunteering you have done
Some examples of skills lists include:
Key Skills for a Project Manager
- An experienced team leader with the ability to initiate/manage cross-functional teams and multi-disciplinary projects
- Critical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills
- Planning and organizing
- Excellence personal communication skills
- Project management skills: influencing, leading, negotiating, and delegating abilities
- Conflict resolution
- Tolerant to stressful situations
Key Skills for Teachers
- Initiative with a high level of energy
- Strong verbal and personal communication skills
- Decision making, critical thinking, organizing, and planning
- Tolerant and flexible to different situations
5. Highlight your work experience
Most job listings will mention a required or desired amount of experience. This should be highlighted in your gathered information.
If the listing notes ’10 years of experience working in sales’, then ensure you have 10 years of sales orientated jobs listed in your work experience. This is important as it will show the recruiter you are fit for the job and have a deep understanding of the industry.
When writing your employment history, make sure to include the company name, your title and length of employment. Keep key responsibilities short and sweet – dot points are great! You may wish to list your achievements in this role. List your jobs in chronological order.
Tip: Do not flood your work experience section with jobs dating back decades. Make sure every job you list is relevant to the job position you are applying for. You do not want to bore your recruiter with excessive information.