By: Jerry Jackson
In today’s job search competition, an applicant without any skills at all will most probably be left out in the cold. The continued development of workplace technology brings new set of personal skills. Applicants are expected to have them and should appear in his/her resume.
Not very long ago, having computer skills like Word and Excel and surfing are an edge over other applicants. Now, these skills are becoming universal and can be easily practiced or achieved.
In addition to the basic computer know-hows required in most professions nowadays, here are the top skills you should include in your resume (depending on the type of work you seek) that can easily capture the interest of hiring managers:
– Social and communication skills
Social and communication skills are very essential in every job. The interaction of people in a professional environment can be frequently observed. It is important to practice good communication and interaction with coworkers. Poor social skills can strain or ruin a harmonious relationship.
If you are someone who has mastered doing customer services, coaching, team seminars, or have served on live committees, make sure to include these items into your application. Employers want people who can play well with others.
– Foreign language
Being knowledgeable in different languages or bilingualism is a plus factor in job application. If you speak more than one language, let your potential employers know even if they do not think to ask. Start picking up a new language if you have the time. There are fairly inexpensive language software available.
– Social networking
This is another skill you can learn quickly if you do not have it yet. Including links on your resume to your professional social networking accounts will let potential employers know you keep abreast with technology.
Professional Linked In, Twitter, and Facebook accounts show you keep up with the times. This can provide additional beneficial information to employers about your talents and expertise.
Candidates who understand leadership principles and have the skills will have an advantage over others, no matter what job you are seeking. Many corporations realize its importance and are now operating on employee empowerment principles. This is when all employees are trained in leadership education. Include any leadership training or position on committees, teams, volunteer groups, church, clubs, or associations in your application.
– Cross-cultural experience
If you are armed with cross-cultural skills (having grown up or spent time in another culture and understand their social nuances), this will really be favorable to you. Learning another language is great but knowing the acceptable and practiced manners and laws of another culture can be critical in today’s business.
– Smart skills
Many jobs required communication skills. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) applications and smart phone technology are booming. The jury is still out but the future will see diminished use of the personal computers even in business as more applications are developed and Internet access systems are morphed into smaller devices. Web conferencing iPhone, iPad, and Google applications for contacts, scheduling, calendars, web conferencing, meeting, and event planning are becoming increasingly popular. Let potential employers know you are familiar with these.
In today’s world, at the very least, an understanding of SEO is a plus for a growing number of jobs. Web masters, salespeople, managers, computer graphic designers, web builders, writers, and more positions can benefit employers with an understanding of SEO. If you have SEO skills, by all means, fit them into your resume. If this knowledge can at all be relevant to the position you are seeking, this can make you competitive or lead.
Jerry Jackson has traveled to most parts of Europe and Asia giving talks on corporate recruitment and employee management.