There are a number of ways that you can add your professional skills to a resume, based upon your specific career, experience, and format used. Though you may not think that it matters much where they go, and how they are added; placement of all information in your resume is effective depending on the information and where you put it. This said, we discuss the options you have in adding skills to a resume, and also how to go about adding your skills to your resume.
Choose a Format
One of the many ways that you can choose to add your professional skills to your resume is by choosing to use a skills based or combination resume format. While most people choose to use the standard chronological resume format to showcase their employment history and qualifications, choosing a skills based resume format puts a focus on the skill sets that you bring to a position or industry. In a combination resume format, you can showcase both the employment history and positions that you have worked in, as well as a catalog of your most compelling skill sets; but either way, can be very demonstrative in showing off the skills you have to offer a company.
Include a Skills Section
If you do choose to do a basic chronological format for your resume, make sure to include a section entitled Professional Skills and Achievements, or something to that effect. While this section is often commonplace on the standard chronological resume, many applicants feel like they have nothing to add in this category, and thus, leave it out altogether. The problem with this is, that no matter who you are and what your level of experience is; you have skills to offer a company; and including this in a skills and achievements section does wonders for how qualified you may look to a potential employer-especially, if you do not have a lot of career experience to offer.
Know the Marketable Skills
No matter where you add your skills to a resume, you should know which skills employers are looking for; both in a manner general to every job applicant, and also to your specific position and/or industry. First, there are a number of skill sets that an employer wants from any applicant, and they are: communications skills, organizational skills, leadership skills, team playing skills, analytical skills, and so on. You must be able to demonstrate these skills with achievements and areas in which you have proven these skill sets. Secondly, you want to make sure to include skill sets that are specific to your position and/or industry. So, for example, if you are a Financial Investment Rep, you need to have solid financial and accounting skills, and have stellar analytical skills. This said, you need to know what these are-and a good research into current job postings will give you an idea of what skill sets employers in your field are looking for.
Use Bullet Points
When including your skills in your resume, you should always define the skill set with which you are knowledgeable. Do so by including the type of skill underlined, and then-bullet points underneath showing examples of your responsibilities and achievements in those skill sets using action words, as you would for a piece of your employment history.