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Creating a Resume That is Eye-Catching and Relevant to the Position(s) You Are Seeking

Many companies use applicant tracking systems to review applicant resumes.

Therefore, it's prudent to ensure that your resume contains the keywords relevant to the job you’re seeking and conveys that you possess the right skill set - both hard skills (i.e. the technical knowledge, training or experience you possess) and soft skills (personal attributes that enable you to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people). They are both essential to a job and are used to complete your responsibilities effectively.
Hard Skills are obtained through work experience, education, training, and/or certification.  Examples include:
  • Machinery skills
  • Legal or Governmental Compliance acumen
  • Computer Analytical or Marketing/CRM tools
  • Language fluency
  • Coding/Software proficiency
  • Culinary talent
  • Financial Accounting, Statistical, or Tax expertise
Soft skills are attributes and work habits that describe how you work individually or with other team members. They are associated with your professional associates and management style in the work environment and company culture. Examples include:
  • Written/Verbal Communication
  • Teambuilding
  • Motivational
  • Responsibility
  • Organizational/Attention to Detail
  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving
  • Time-Management
  • Flexibility
  • Leadership
  • Adaptability
Your resume should list your skills relevant to the position you are seeking and explain your proficiency in each. Explain how the skills you possess are applicable/transferable to other related positions in the organization.
For more specific examples of the types of skills you can include in your resume to highlight your proficiency in the areas essential to the job (a) you are seeking, read:
101+ Essential Skills to Put on a Resume [In 2021]