Best Skills To Include On Your Resume

14 September 2020

Best Skills To Include On Your Resume

Written By Aramide Akanni

Resumes play a massive role in landing a job. It is the first hello when looking for a job, so it is important to include essential details on resumes. The skills section of a resume showcases the abilities you have that will make you stand out to employers. In this article, I will state some essential skills you can add to the skills section of your resume that will improve it.

Some important skills to include in a resume are:

  • Computer skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Time management
  • Communication skills
  • Transferable skills

While the skills listed above can just be listed as is, it is important to also know the difference between hard skills and soft skills.


Hard skills are abilities that are specific to a job position or an industry. Hard skills are usually technical that can be taught in schools, learnt at certification programs or gained while on the job.

Hard skills showcase proficiency in things like

  • Foreign languages
  • Operation of certain machines or equipments
  • Product design
  • Analytics
  • Copywriting
  • Digital communication
  • Data mining
  • Data presentation
  • Resource management
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Google analytics
  • Content management systems
  • Project management
  • User interface
  • User experience etc


Soft skills are abilities that can fit into any role in any industry. They are innate with a person’s personality and do not need to be acquired through formal education or certification.

1Soft skills are based on personalities and get more fined tuned during the course of human interaction. Below is a list of soft skills:

  • Negotiation
  • Presentation
  • Personal branding
  • Public speaking
  • Empathy
  • Networking
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Interviewing
  • Active listening
  • Communication
  • Divergent thinking
  • Innovation
  • Troubleshooting
  • Strategic planning

As a job seeker, it is important to highlight your best skills, hard and soft, so as to show yourself as a well-rounded candidate. Practice using these skills above regularly so that during interviews, you will be well prepared to answer questions related to them.

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