30+ Organizational Skills for the Resume

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Organizational skills are part of the baseline expertise that employers expect you to have. But what are they? And how do you explain that you have organizational skills? And where do you put that when you’re building your job application?

These can be complicated questions that can cause you stress when you’re building out your resume. But not to fear, we’re going to go over everything you need to know about organizational skills and how to include them on your resume, cover letter, and speak to them during your interview.

What Are Organizational Skills?

Organizational skills are the ability to handle multiple tasks, projects, initiatives, and objectives in a streamlined way. They are considered process versus output.

Process is a big part of organizational skills. It is the way that you get work accomplished. Not just how to you get from Point A to Point B.

When thinking about organizational skills, it is everything that makes up the things that you do while you’re getting work done. As long as it fits in with that, you are probably talking about organizational skills.

It is often misunderstood as simply coordination. When we speak about organizational skills, most people think of a stack of papers. And having those papers properly organized. While that is a great visual for organization, it does not mean that is how you should think about organizational skills.

Why Do Employers Value Them?

It is vital to understand that organizational skills won’t make you stand out as a candidate. Organizational skills are expected by your employer.

This means that by listing organizational skills as part of your job application assets, you are lining up to the rest of the candidates.

Don’t mistake that for not needing to list organizational skills on your resume or cover letter. It should still be discussed, mentioned, and listed. But be sure to recognize that listing organizational skills alone won’t make you stand out as a high-profile candidate.

Employers value these skills because it shows your ability to have performed the job duties in the past. Organizational skills or process as we’ll call it in this example only presents itself when you have repeated a task multiple times.

Think about it, if you’ve ever built a chair from IKEA, the first chair you built took you longer than the second one. That’s because you had the prior experience to be able to learn from. That’s what the employer is looking for. Is that you have enough experience to know how to be efficient in your job duties.

What Makes Skills Organizational

There are a few types of categories that we can classify particular skills into when thinking about them being organizational. That is coordination, teamwork, and strategy.

When we talk about communication in these situations, we’re not simply thinking about verbal communication. It may be customer support or client relations, for example. Which can show your ability to speak to parties outside of the company about the brand or business. And this would be classified as an organizational skill.

Let’s jump into the skills so you can get an idea of which ones you might want to mention.

Coordination:

Teamwork:

Strategy:

Each of these skills speaks to being organized as a byproduct of their execution. And that’s the key. Instead of simply listing “organizational skills” on your resume, by telling prior work scenarios or stories that include some of these skills, you are telling your future employer that you have organization talents.

If you’re trying to think of which types of organizational skills are most applicable to the job you’re applying for, looking up the job description or online job posting can be a clue. Usually, employers will include mentions within the job requirements or duties that include which skills they may be searching for.

If you didn’t find the job through an online job listing, you may want to look it up before you proceed with targeting your resume or cover letter.

How to List Them on Your Job Application Assets

There are four different ways to include these skills on your job application assets. The most effective way is to include short stories that tell business scenarios you were part of and the value that you added to the business scenario that includes one of the skills from the list above.

Think of this as telling a story which speaks to a challenge that you may have had and how you overcame that challenge.

With that strategy in mind, we have four particular areas to bring up these skills: in your cover letter, on your resume summary, in your “skills” section of the resume, and in your prior work experience bullet points.

With each of these, if you can tell short stories, that are less than four sentences, you’ll have more success than if you simply listed the skill. Why is that? Because employers won’t believe you when you list your skills.

But if you mention prior business scenarios they can call your references and confirm that they were true. Which hold a lot more weight in their consideration for employment than if you don’t do that.

Jobs That Can Benefit from Organizational Skills

While all job titles can benefit from organizational skills, there are a few job titles where organizational skills will have more weight than others.

Those would be considered administrative, operational, or assistant job titles. This where your ability to be able to multi-task while staying streamlined (in terms of efficiency) are going to be valued at a higher degree.

If you feel like you’re applying for a position that is administrative, operational, or is as an assistant to an executive; be sure to lean further into the organizational skills that we mentioned then you might think.

Some of those job titles would be:

If you aren’t sure whether or not the job title you’re applying for requires organizational skills, try to include at least one to three as a baseline. Then integrate other soft skills which might be attractive to the employer or were mentioned as part of the job description.

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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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