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List of General Skills

List of General Skills for Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews

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List of General Skills
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When you're writing resumes and cover letters and applying for jobs, there are certain skills that employers expect job applicants to have.

Here's a general list of skills employers seek in the candidates they hire. Skills will vary based on the job for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

General Skills

A - G

  • Accuracy
  • Administration
  • Advising
  • Analysis
  • Assembling Apparatus
  • Being Artistic/Creative
  • Being Thorough
  • Budgeting
  • Calculations
  • Challenging Employees
  • Classifying Records
  • Coaching Individuals
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Compiling Statistics
  • Conducting Meetings
  • Confronting Others
  • Construction
  • Consultation
  • Computer
  • Counseling
  • Creating Ideas
  • Creating Innovation
  • Creating New Solutions
  • Creating New Procedures
  • Creativity
  • Defining Performance Standards
  • Defining Problems
  • Demonstrations
  • Detail Management
  • Dispensing Information
  • Displaying Ideas
  • Editing
  • Emotional Control
  • Encouragement
  • Entertainment
  • Equipment Operation
  • Evaluating
  • Expression of Feelings
  • Financial Report Auditing
  • Fundraising
  • Goal Setting

H - M

  • Handling Complaints
  • Human Resources
  • Independent Action
  • Information Search
  • Innovation
  • Interviews
  • Inventing New Ideas
  • Investigation
  • Involvement
  • Knowledge of Current Governmental Affairs
  • Language Translation
  • Leadership
  • Listening
  • Locating Missing Documents/Information
  • Logical Thinking
  • Maintaining High Levels of Activity
  • Maintenance
  • Management
  • Managing Finances
  • Measuring Boundaries
  • Medical Assistance
  • Meeting Deadlines
  • Monetary Collection
  • Motivation

N - S

  • Negotiation
  • Networking
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Oration
  • Organizational Management
  • Organizational Tasks
  • Overseeing Meetings
  • Overseeing Operation
  • Personal Interaction
  • Plan Development
  • Planning
  • Prediction
  • Preparing Written Documents
  • Principal Concept Knowledge
  • Prioritizing
  • Problem Troubleshooting
  • Promotions
  • Proposals
  • Proposal Writing
  • Publications
  • Public Relations
  • Public Speaking
  • Questioning Others
  • Reading Volumes
  • Recommendations
  • Regulating Rules
  • Rehabilitating Others
  • Remembering Facts
  • Reporting
  • Report Writing
  • Responsibility
  • Service
  • Scheduling
  • Screening Calls
  • Sketching
  • Supervision

T - Z

  • Technical Support
  • Team Building
  • Technology
  • Toleration
  • Training
  • Updating Files

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