The additional skills section is a list of skills relevant to your job function and industry. This may include technical and non-technical skills required on the job. All of them can be easily written in few minutes via the resume building tool.
What to include
- Specialized skills required for the job. This is extremely important as employers are looking for candidates that have specific skill sets. This is not restricted to technical job seekers either. For example, if you are a Sales Resume you could list the different computer applications you used to manage your sales leads.
- Skills transferable or relate to the job. Some skills may not be directly applicable to the job you are applying to but may still be valuable. For example, if you are a Nurse and applying to a healthcare sales position it would be relevant to include your medical device skills. Check out how to write a nursing resume for further information. If you work in a warehouse or logistics you may mention your forklift experience or your ability to use a Global Positioning System (GPS)
- Foreign languages. Make sure you can actually speak and/or write each foreign language you list on your resume including your level (basic, intermediate or fluent). Otherwise, it is better to omit.
- Computer skills. It's now common knowledge that many people write their knowledge of Microsoft Office software but there are other programs too. If you are a designer think about programs such as Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator and check out our Designer resume samples with extra writing tips for more information.
What not to include
- Overly generalized statements, such as "Excellent customer service skills". If possessing excellent customer service skills is important to the job, you should highlight concrete examples of this skill within the Professional Experience section of your resume.
- Run of the mill skills, such as Microsoft Word. If the position demands a candidate with superior word processing skills, then you should highlight how many words you can type per minute. Caveat: if you are an older job candidate then you should list out your proficiency in computer software/hardware that you can discuss at the interview but you don't need to write your date-of-birth on your resume.
- Skills not related to the job. If the position is for a Bank Teller position you probably shouldn’t mention your computer graphics skills. Learn more about what not to include on your resume.
Sample additional skill statements
- Proficient in Microsoft Excel for financial modeling and analysis
- Quickbooks power user with 6+ years of experience
- Experienced with AutoCAD and related diagramming software packages
- Skilled in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Extremely fast typist (WPM: 90) with live transcription experience
- 15+ years fluent Mandarin and 5+ years intermediate Japanese
When to remove the Additional Skills section
Generally, you should retain an Additional Skills section if you possess a foreign language and 1-2 relevant skills. Don’t be afraid, however, to remove the section if it is not applicable to your occupation and work history.
When to create a new section or renaming the Additional Skills section
If your occupation demands a significant number of specialized skills you should either create a new section or rename the Additional Skills section (to something such as "Technical Skills").