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Skills to List on a Resume

Rujuta Borkar
A resume is essential when you want to garner or switch jobs and that is why it is important to know various skills to be put in a resume. Read on to know such skills to portray your abilities in correct light.
A good resume is one of the most important documents you can prepare.
It is important for getting a headway in the job market. It is, after all, a list of your skills, accomplishments, goals, strengths and other information that is job-related. All these become essential to list on a resume because it is on the basis of these that an employer will be able to evaluate and let you in for the advanced interview procedures.
It is therefore important to know the kind of skills that have to be listed on a resume so that the document becomes a complete one. The following are certain pointers.


Communication as a skill cannot be ignored (especially in today's times) and that is what makes this factor one of the most sought after skills in the job market.
Getting your work done based on the way in which you communicate (write, talk and listen) is, and will always be one of the key factors that a company looks for in its employees.

Team Player

Companies prefer team players because efficiency levels increase when working in teams. Teamwork allows pooling in different thought processes and techniques to  arrive at an ultimate solution.
Teamwork is considered an important skill to possess and therefore listing this skill is essential. An important part of being a team player also means that one has to have certain leadership qualities like taking charge of a situation and guiding others in a team towards a common goal. It is a skill that most employers look for in their employees.


The ability to adapt and adjust to any change at work is a skill that will get an employee very far in his job.
Using effective change management skills and adapting to the change in rules and policies, and working under pressure to get the desired results without letting it affect one's efficiency, shows that one has the ability to adapt well. List this skill as a prerequisite.

Planning and Organizing

These are skills that are synonymous with a good employee. The ability to plan and organize is more a requirement than a skill and all employers would expect this of their employees. Also, problem solving is one of the most basic skills to possess at a job.


Understanding what the company goals are and working towards achieving them is a skill that most employers would look out for. This also includes the ability to perform under pressure and qualities like self-motivation.


Having a keen understanding of the professional world and possessing qualities of a true professional is one of the basic requirements in today's world.
Along with that, understanding workplace ethics and knowing what is expected in that direction is something that is definitely an important skill to possess.

Computer Knowledge

It is imperative to have certain basic, and preferably, advanced computer skills. In today's time and age, having adequate computer knowledge and other technical skills to list on the resume is a prerequisite and listing them will make you a more valued employee.


Self-motivation is one of the most important skills and qualifications to find in an employee. This translates into the fact that the company and management will not have to expend any extra resources and energy to motivate the employee.
Along with that, an employee with self-motivating skills will in turn motivate the employees around him, thus making him an added asset to the company. By all means add this one to your list of skills.
Apart from these skills, there are other skills like honesty and loyalty that one can list as well. The listing of these skills becomes important to show that you're aware of what is required of you in the professional world and that you have what it takes.