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6 Ways to Show Recruiters You’ve Got Mad Skills

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Do you have Mad Jedi Skills, but have no idea how to properly present them on your resume? We've got you covered! This guide has everything you need!

What does a hiring manager look for when they are searching for a new employee?

To tell you the truth, it depends on the job. If you want to be a Rockette, then you will need to be a certain height. Between 5 ft 6 in and 5 ft 10 ½ in to be precise.

If you want to work for Google, then you’ll be judged on your curiosity and perspective as much as your tech skills.

Speaking of skills...

Regardless of what position you are applying for, skills are the number one thing that hiring managers look for on a resume.

So you better be as skilled as Yoda at what you do.

But, the question remains:

How do you know what skills to put on a resume?

And how do you put these skills on your resume so that a recruiter can find them in less than six seconds?

Because six seconds is the average amount of time a recruiter is going to spend scanning your resume.

You have to show them right away that you have the skills they want and that you are the right person for the job.

1. Research People Who Already Have the Job You Want

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It’s time to get out your detective cap and magnifying glass - we’re going snooping Nancy Drew.

Before you even begin your job hunt, you need to do a bit of research on the profession or position you are chasing. Later, you can narrow down your research to a particular company.

But let’s start with other people who have the job you want.

Go to LinkedIn and type your dream job into the search bar. One of the suggestions you’ll be given is “people with ___ titles.”

For example, “people with marketing titles.”

If you click on it, you will be shown the profiles of people who have the same job as the one that interests you.

Once you are looking at some stranger’s profile on LinkedIn like a total creeper, go to their experience and skills sections and see what they’ve listed.

Check out a couple of profiles. Make notes about skills or responsibilities that you see duplicated across profiles. Logic follows that these skills will be valued in your new role.

If you have any of these skills, make a note to add them to your resume.

2. Make Your Skills Relevant to the Job Offer

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Once you’ve got a general idea of what skills might be important, go to your job offers.

The job offers will tell you word for word what skills the hiring manager will be looking for on your resume.

It is of the utmost importance that you tailor your resume to reflect the skills you find in the job description. In fact, you should add most of them to your resume verbatim.

Any skill that you have that’s listed in the job description should go both in your skills section and in your experience section.

That way, when a hiring manager scans your resume, they will see that it is relevant and that you have everything they want their new employee to have.

3. Add Extra Skills for Extra Value

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Still feel like you need some more skills? I've got you covered. The next set of skills you should add are transferable skills.

Transferable skills are skills that could translate to any job, such as knowing how to use Microsoft Excel or speaking Spanish. You can always add these even if they aren’t listed in the job description.

4. Add the Universal Skills that All Employers Want

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There are some skills that are desired by almost all employers. These are universal skills.

Here is our list of the current top five universal skills that most employers want:

  • Communication (Written and Verbal) 
  • Leadership
  • Planning and Strategic Thinking
  • Analytical Thinking and Research
  • Teamwork or Collaborative Work

If you haven’t already added these to your resume, pick a few that apply to you and add them.

If you want to find more skills, there are lists all over the Internet. You can probably even find a list that is specific to your industry or profession.

5. Numbers Will Make You Stand Out From the Crowd

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Finally, after you’ve added all of your skills, you should tailor them to attract attention.

Adding facts and figures, especially numbers, is an easy way to draw the eye of the recruiter to one of your skills, making it easier for them to find.

For example, instead of writing “Management Skills,” write “Capable of managing teams of up to 20 people,” or “Management of Large (20+) Teams.”

Besides making them easy to locate, this technique also gives the recruiter a tangible sense of how skilled you are.

They will begin to imagine that you could provide them with the same solutions at the same level of success.

So, instead of listing vague skills - show the hiring manager how your skills translate to real results in the workplace.

6. Beat the Bots By Adding Keyword Skills

What Skills to Put on a Resume

In a lot of cases, your resume will be sent through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). That means R2D2 is going to scan your resume before a human recruiter will.

The system checks to see how well your resume matches the job description.

Which is another reason why you should be tailoring your resume to the job description and add the skills listed there.

Adding keywords (skills) from the job description will get your resume through ATS and into the hands of real, live human recruiter.

You should be aware, however, that packing your resume full of keywords ad hoc is not the way to beat ATS.

You need to add the skills from the job description in an intelligent and natural way so that your resume is a smooth read. You don’t want your resume to look like a nonsensical list of gibberish.

If you follow these six tips, your skills will be easy to find on your resume and will attract the interest of the recruiter.

You’ll be able to prove that you have mad skills in less than six seconds.

And the best part?

Adding skills to your resume, in general, is the easiest and most direct way to show a hiring manager that you are the right person for the job. So, what are you waiting for?

Have you ever used any of the methods mentioned above? Did you find them effective? Let us know in the comments section below...

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