20 Management Skills for the Resume

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If you’re applying for a management position, you might be wondering how to show your management skills on your resume, cover letter, or during the interview. That's a fair question and one that all managers should ask themselves before you apply to your next position.

Showing that you have previous management experience and management skills is an art form. And this is because most interviewers, executives, HR representatives or team members won’t believe you when you say that you are a good manager.

Great managers show that they’re great managers through business scenarios. When the going gets tough, as they say.

I’m going to show you in this guide:

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Management Skills List

Your first question is probably, “What are the skills I should bring up as a manager?” And that’s a great question. Because simply stating “Management Skills” under the skills section of your resume won’t do the trick.

Management skills are often classified as a grouping of other soft skills. Here is a definitive list of the best soft skills that show you have prior management experience:

These are some of the best skills that you can show to your future employer. Each of these represents some way of interacting with either customers or your internal team. And being able to adapt with them, lead them, follow protocol, and bring excellence into the workplace.

Let’s break down why each of these skills is important for managers so that you can better understand how you might bring them up in your future interviews.

Strategic Skills

Why is this important? Being able to show that you think not only creatively, but strategically, can show that you have leadership abilities. And abilities to think about solutions.

Financial Skills

Why is this important? Most managers are given some type of financial responsibility. It may not be directly spending money or making money. But time and the amount of time employee’s spend on a particular project can be considered money spent on behalf of the business.

Reporting Skills

Why is this important? Great managers show their work. They show what they’ve been able to accomplish as well as what they hope to accomplish. Reporting can help with that process.

Oversight Skills

Why is this important? No matter how great your team is, you’ll have to oversee their work and ensure they’re on the right path. From there, you can provide guidance. And this is a management talent.

Listening Skills

Why is this important? Great managers listen before they respond or act. The skill of listening is really important. Employee’s and team members want to feel heard.

Influence Skills

Why is this important? How are you going to make change and process within the company? The only way you can do that is by being influential. And influencing others towards the insights that you have. Great managers need this skill.

Organizational Skills

Why is this important? Great managers keep track of everything. Large, medium, and small. Having a plan as to how you’ll comprehend and track progress is very important as a manager.

People Skills

Why is this important? Managers speak with multiple teams, customers, board members, and more. If you don’t have great people skills, you won’t go far as a manager.

Social Skills

Why is this important? Similar to people skills, social skills are important to show others that they can appreciate you. Having the ability to be “liked” is very important.

Operational Skills

Why is this important? If you don’t know how the business operates or what is required to operate the business, how are you going to improve it?

Coordination Skills

Why is this important? Managers rarely produce work with their team that is just for them. It is being part of a company. And interacting with other teams. This is where coordination skills come into play.

Directional Skills

Why is this important? Your team is going to want to know where they are going. They want to have some insight as to what they are trying to achieve with you. Being able to provide direction is the same as being able to provide a vision for the future.

Procedure Following Skills

Why is this important? If the company has values or ethics that are important to them, they want to know that you’ll influence your team into following that as well. Great managers translate the company goals to the team.

Team Development Skills

Why is this important? Clearly, because you’ll be managing a team. Team development is about ensuring that each member of your team is going in a direction that they want. Both with their career and how that impacts their personal life.

Team Management Skills

Why is this important? Managing a team of five people is very difficult. Do you know how to ensure that everyone is having a maximized and efficient work day? This is the important part about explaining your team management skills.

Team Leadership Skills

Why is this important? Similar to directional skills, you need to be able to influence your team towards a vision of the future. Show them the solutions they are building. And show them how it will impact the people they care about. Or impact customers.

Storytelling Skills

Why is this important? Storytelling is a great way to influence others. It is a way to explain complex ideas without having it be brash. By telling a story and have that story connect with the business objectives, you can make change.

How Do You Speak to Management Skills in a Cover Letter

If you want to bring up your management skills in a cover letter, it is important that you start your cover letter with achievements.

Then use those achievements to explain your management skills. For example, if you can speak to the fact that your team developed a CRM system that improved sales 23%, then you’ll show that you can not only lead a team but make change as well.

Here is what that might look like:

“In Q2 of 2012, my team developed a CRM system in under 2 quarters that was deployed to the sales team (led by myself), which ended up creating a net gain of 23% in sales the following two quarters.”

Being able to show that encapsulates a number of the skills mentioned above. Including directional skills, team management skills, and much more.

If you can use prior work experiences and achievements to express which skills you have, then listing those skills under the “Skills” section of your resume becomes more valid.

The last thing you want to do is simply list the above skills in your resume and expect that everything will go according to plan. The reality is that your manager won’t believe you.

How Do You List Management Skills in a Resume

As mentioned above, you first need to bring up work achievements in your cover letter. Once you do that, listing your skills under the “Skills” portion of your resume will be impactful. And may provide your interviewer a chance to ask you about those skills.

Be sure that you list skills that you have prior experiences to share for. Meaning, your interviewer is going to ask you about these skills. And when they do that, you’ll need to have prior business scenarios to share with them.

Don’t share skills where you don’t have stories to tell. Or it will lose the impact it could have. And could force the interviewer to feel as though you told a lie on your resume.

Explaining Management Skills in an Interview

When you’re in your interview, explaining management skills gets a little easier. This is because you can explain stories that happened in previous management positions.

Was it a situation where you dealt with two employees who had a disagreement? Was it a situation where the environment went through rapid changes and you needed to show adaptability and team leadership?

If so, then you can bring those up. And there will be times to do that. Especially with STAR interview questions that are surely to be asked. Those are questions like, “Tell me about a time you had to demonstrate leadership.” or “Tell me about a time you had to make a decision without all the required information”.

When the interviewer asks these types of questions, it gives you a perfect platform to not only explain your prior work experience but your management skills as well.

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author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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