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Skills, Abilities & Keywords

The skills, abilities and knowledge that employers require when hiring, including lists of skills and keywords for resumes, cover letters, interviews and employment.
  1. Skills Listed by Job (92)
  2. College Graduate Skills (16)
  3. Lists of Keywords (16)

List of Skills
List of skills for resumes and cover letters, including skills listed by occupation and general skills.

Skills Employers Seek in Job Applicants
Top skills and qualities employers seek when they are recruiting and hiring employees.

Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills
The difference between hard skills and soft skills and what employers are looking for when they evaluate skill sets.

How to Answer Interview Questions About Skills
Tips for how to convince the hiring manager that you have the right skills, how to showcase those skills during an interview, and sample job specific interview questions and answers.

How to Keep Your Skills Current
Keeping your job skills current will help you get a promotion or a new job. Here's how to enhance your hireability by upgrading your skills.

Job Specific Skills
Information on job specific skills required by employers, the difference between transferable and job specific skills and how to highlight skills when applying for jobs.

List of Resume and Cover Letter Action Keywords
List of action keywords describing skills to use in cover letters and resumes when applying for jobs.

Professional Development Plans
Tips and advice for creating a professional development plan to develop your skills and improve your hireability.

Resume Action Verbs and Power Words
List of resume action verbs to use when writing resumes and cover letters. Use these resume action verbs / resume power words to write a compelling resume.

Tips for Writing a Resume Skills Section
Tips on writing the skills section of your resume from a Microsoft staffing consultant.

Top 7 Most Important Soft Skills
Your soft skills can be as important as the hard skills that are required to achieve success on the job. Here are the most important soft skills.

Top 10 Communication Skills
The top 10 communication skills that will make you stand out in today's job market.

Top 10 Customer Service Soft Skills
The top 10 customer service soft skills and emphasizing that will help you rise above the job market competition.

Top 10 IT Soft Skills
In addition to technical skills, IT employees need soft, or interpersonal, skills. Here's a list of the top 10 IT soft skills.

Top 10 Leadership Soft Skills
The top 10 leadership soft skills that make a strong leader in the workplace.

Resume Skills Section
The skills section of your resume includes your skills and abilities that are related to the jobs you are applying for. Include skills related to the position / career field that you are applying for i.e. computer skills, software skills, and/or language skills.

Transferable Skills (List)
List of transferable skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Analytical Skills
List of analytical skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Banking Skills
List of banking skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Behavioral Skills
Behavioral skills are the skills you use to successfully interact with others in the workplace. Here's a list of behavioral skills.

Cashier Skills
List of cashier skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Communication Skills
List of communication skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Computer Skills
List of computer skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Customer Service Skills
List of customer service skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Editing Skills
List of editing skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Entrepreneurial Skills
List of entrepreneurial skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

General Skills
Here's a list of general skills employers seek in job applicants.

Hard Skills
Hard skills include the specific knowledge and abilities required for success in a job.

Executive Skills
List of executive skills to use for resumes, cover letters and job interviews.

Leadership Skills
List of leadership skills to use for resumes, cover letters and job interviews.

Management Skills
List of management skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Interpersonal Skills
List of interpersonal skills to use in resumes, cover letters and job interviews.

Organizational Skills
List of organizational skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Public Relations Skills
List of public relations skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Social Media Skills
List of social media skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Teamwork Skills
List of teamwork skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Personal Skills
List of personal skills to use for resumes, cover letters and job interviews.

Technical Skills
List of technical skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Mindset
Your mindset is your attitude; it shapes how you understand and respond to situations.

Skillsharing
Skillsharing is an innovative and effective way to broaden your range of professional and personal skills to enhance your job search.

Skill Set
A skill set is a particular category of skills necessary to acquire a job.

Transferable Skills
Transferable skills are skills that apply to multiple career fields.

Soft Skills
Soft skills include interpersonal (people) skills. They are the personal attributes needed for success on the job.

Soft Skills
List of soft skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

Writing Skills
List of writing skills for resumes, cover letters and interviews.

KSA - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
KSA is a term that stands for Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. It refers to the attributes required of a candidate to perform a job properly.

Top 15 Words to Include (and Avoid) On Your Resume
It can be a challenge to know what to include on your resume. There are some terms that will get your resume noticed and others than can knock it out of contention.

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