Technical skills and computer skills - are they one and the same? Do you really need to differentiate? From what to do if you don't have any technical skills to deciding whether to add computer skills you think are too obvious, this video will answer your questions. Learn how to add your technical skills with HR expert, Stacey Gordon.
- Listing your technical or computer skills may or may not be necessary depending upon the type of job you're applying to. The technical skills or computer skills section is especially helpful to administrative, operational, or technical people. Taking those one at a time. If you are an administrative support person you know how important it is to know specific word processing software, photo editing software, and operating systems. I once spent months searching for an administrative support person who knew how to use QuickBooks, a PC, and a Mac.
Much more difficult than you might think. At first I was ignoring resumes that didn't specifically state they knew how to use the Mac OS. And then I realized that no one was bothering to include it on their resume. So I had to call people and ask them. That wasted a lot of my time and for the lucky person that did include it they immediately got a call from me. The moral of this story is if you know a skill put it on your resume. If you're in operations the same is true. You will usually be managing all of the support staff, as well as directing IT people, and managing the overall functionality of the office.
The more you know, the more valuable you are. Make sure you have captured that in your resume. IT is most obvious of the examples, but it's not just IT people. Any technical person from engineers to artists to architects, if you know a program, list it. Your resume might look like alphabet soup, but list it anyway. And don't forget to spell things out where possible, because sometimes a non-technical recruiter is tasked with finding a technical person and they won't be aware of all of the acronyms.
Make it easy for them. You might be wondering how this section is different than a summary of qualifications section and why you would need both, so I'll address that as well. The summary of qualifications is there to tell the reader what it is that puts you above and beyond the other applicants. The technical skills section lists all of your tech skills. So you might be a great programmer using Java and C++, but you also know database and networking programs.
You may not add Microsoft SQL Server and TCP/IP in your summary of qualifications because it isn't required for the job to which you are applying, but you would list it as a skill you possess to show that your IT skills are versatile. It might be difficult to remember all the various software programs you've used over the years, but if you think back to responsibilities on your job and then try to remember how you completed those tasks it will be much easier to recall and eventually add to your resume.
Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit.
Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or large unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Writing an objective statement
- Adding a summary of skills
- Showcasing your professional work
- Presenting your education
- Customizing your contact information
- Tailoring your resume to fit a job
- Upgrading your resume
- Choosing a resume layout
- Writing resumes for marketing, entertainment, and design jobs
- Handling career gaps and job changes
- Standing out and following up with employers
- Using a resume effectively
- Determining fit at a prospective job
- Finding contacts at companies you want to work for