check listWhat exactly are resume Skills List and resume abilities? Are they different? The short answer is yes. Although resume skills and resume abilities overlap at times, they are generally used in different ways.

• Resume skills list

The resume skill list involve the measurable manipulation of data, things, or people that one gains as a result of practice or training. For example, you might be prompted to describe your computer skills. A perfect response would include the computers and software programs you have operated (or the “manipulation of data”), a statement that quantifies your effectiveness (or the “measurable” aspect), and the situations in which you developed computer skills (or the experience of “practice or training”). Resume skills can often be improved over time. Also, resume skills typically involve the use of your hands, speech, or mind.

• Resume abilities

On the other hand, are quite different from resume skills. A resume ability is a natural or acquired power to perform a mental or physical activity. The main difference is that resume abilities suggest a capacity to perform, whereas resume skills result from the actual performance. Resume abilities only become resume skills when observed through actions. Unlike resume skills, resume abilities are often very broad and can be applied to a variety of circumstances. Abilities may or may not be improved over time.

Skills List Skills List
Administration support
Clerical
Completing forms
Writing Reports
Bringing people together
Coaching people
Communicating
Considering the opinions of others
Gaining the confidence of others
Handling Complaints
Providing customer service
Remaining calm in a crisis
 
Creative
Imagination
Visualising
Proposing ideas
 
Management
Problem Solving
Decision making
Delegating tasks
Leadership
Listening
Motivating people
Planning meetings/events
Selling
Taking action
Public Speaking
Seeing different points of view
Troubleshooting
Setting Standards
Recognising problems
Research
 
Applying information
Assembling products
Inspecting objects
Working with hands
Attention to details
 
Budgeting
Calculating
Compiling data
Sorting data
Checking for accuracy
Financial management
 
Drawing plans and diagrams
Driving
Editing
Entertaining
Finding answers
Following instructions
Intelligent
Interpreting information
Implementing new policy and procedures
Manipulating numbers
Meeting deadlines
Reading
Writing
Prioritising tasks
Responsible
Teamwork
Self Motivated
Relating to People
Setting goals
Technical
 

Take inventory of your skills for resume writing before you begin creating your resume. Use a job skills list to take full account of what you have to offer. After you have completed the list make a second list for each job of the skills the employer is seeking and use the same keywords as in the job description or posting.

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