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Skills for resume

When you write a resume, highlighting your most relevant skills is crucial if you want to impress the hiring manager.

Listing all of your skills without honing in on the most applicable ones to the job you're applying to is a mistake. To make sure you're on the right track, check the job posting if you're unsure what skills are relevant to a role, and then find ones that match your own skill-set to use on your resume.

There are two types of skills for a resume: hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills are learned in school, on the job, and even during training. They're things you either know how to do or don't — like driving a car, using JavaScript, and knowing how to insert an IV drip.

By contrast, soft skills are related to your personality, and are ever-evolving throughout your lifetime. Examples include your communication skills, your leadership skills, or whether you prefer to work independently or within a team.

Most jobs require a balance of hard and soft skills. For example, a nurse's soft skills include communication, empathy, and the ability to remain calm under pressure. Their hard skills include administering injections, changing bandages, and taking vital signs.

Many job seekers struggle to showcase their skills on their resumes. This infographic breaks down the core differences between hard and soft skills, and then shows three ways to showcase them in a resume by using the introduction, the work experience section, and of course, the skills section. 

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