Resume Skills List (120+ Skills for the Resume)

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Trying to think of what soft skills to list on your resume? It can be hard! Exclusively, here, we’ve put together the largest database of soft skills that you can copy and paste to put on your resume under your skills section.

Soft skills are the qualities that you bring to the job. While these are measurable to an employer. They are often thought of as the way to bring chemistry into the workplace. Meaning, your employer wants to know that your soft skills complement the team that you are going to be working with. Or potentially add a soft quality or dynamic into the team that the manager feels is missing.

This is generally how employers use soft skills to their advantage when reading your resume, cover letter, or listening to your interview answers.

Resume Skills List

In this article we're going to cover the following questions and topics related to putting skills on your resume:

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Skills You Can Use on Your Resume

If you’re looking at other skills lists, it’s important to recognize that they aren’t simply listing soft skills, but are mixing in soft skills and hard skills. These are specifically soft skills for your resume. Soft skills are equivalent to understanding what competencies that you bring to the workforce.

Competencies are very important in the workplace because they show your manager and leadership team how you might be able to successfully collaborate and fit in with the other team members. Leadership teams often strive to have soft skills intermingle with one another. Creating the most efficient and highly-productive team members.

Soft Skills for Nurses, Teachers, Lawyers

If you’re going into the nursing, teaching, or law field. Then your soft skills may need to change. They may be more oriented around your certifications and the ability for you to practice educating, nursing, or law within that state.

Here would be some examples for a teacher:

What Is the Most Important Soft Skill for the Resume?

We ran a survey in 2019 that helped us to determine the absolute best soft skill to have. And it is “Adaptability”. This shows your employer that you are willing to change. Willing to evolve. And willing to move with where the direction of the business is going.

For employers, they see this as the most important soft skill. It shows your ability to think about the business needs first. Then think about your own needs second. Which is vital in being able to perform highly for any type of business.

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What Are Professional Soft Skills?

Soft skills and professional soft skills are the same. But what makes them more “professional” than not is when you are targeting your soft skills to the job requirements. If you don’t know what those are, you can usually read through the lines and determine which soft skills might be applicable for the job based on the job description.

Where Do Soft Skills Go on the Resume?

When placing soft skills on your resume, they should be the last section near your contact information, awards or accolades portion of your resume.

Usually, you’ll see soft skills placed on the left-hand sidebar or left rail of the resume. If you were to think of percentages of the one-page resume, your your education would take up 25% of the resume. And soft skills, hard skills, accolades, merits, publications, or any other details would take up the remaining part of the resume.

If your work experience and education is taking up too much of your resume and you can’t list your soft skills, it is recommended that you bring them up in your cover letter instead.

Here are the best places to put your skills:

Are Soft Skills Necessary to Have on the Resume?

Knowing your soft skills is important. It will be aspects of your interview that you’ll want to lean into. For example, when you are telling a STAR interview question, you’ll want to tell a business story that leans into what your soft skill is.

This story could be about how you showed team leadership in a time when there was pressure to meet a deadline. The fact that you knew, in advance, what your soft skills are is the important part of this process.

To answer the question, are soft skills to have on your resume? The answer is no. They are not required.

But it is essential that you take the time to decide and understand what your soft skills are. You will be expressing them in your cover letter, interview, and when you start your work with the company.

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author: patrick algrim
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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,, SparkHire, and many more.


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