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Addresses the most common issues regarding resumes. From time to time there will be an article written on trends concerning the resume, as well as articles pertaining to resumes and interviews.

Let’s continue in the vain that I’m in and go to the next section. I’m talking about Competencies or Key Skills
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But what does “key skills” mean and how many should you list?

An effective resume usually looks at three different key skills

1) Job Specific Skills, 2) Transferable Skills, and 3) Adaptive Skills

1) Job Specific Skills
Job specific skills are the obvious choice for you to include in the Key Skills section. They are skills gained directly from doing a certain job currently or in the past. They are skills gained directly from doing a certain job currently or in the past.

For example, the job specific skills of a translator would be the daily output of translated words per day in a specific language, etc.

2) Transferable Skills
Transferable skills are skills you gained in one profession that are also beneficial in other job fields. For example, presentation skills, time management skills, and customer service skills are all things which “transfer” well between multiple positions.

3) Adaptive Skills
At first sight, adaptive skills are pretty similar to transferable skills. They are however even more general than transferable skills. A good example of an adaptive skill would be one’s ability to work “independently” or one’s level of “reliability”
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How many should you list?

As a rule of thumb, you should list job posting relevant skills that make you look like the perfect match for the position. Don’t make them overly long. No one likes to read long chunks of text or an endless list of bullet points. 3-5 is enough.

So, now that you know the three kinds of skills. Go for it and try it out!

If you liked this article and want to submit your question about your resume. Do so, at copywritersmarket@gmail.com. For speaking engagements, you can contact her at 214-810-5790. Vanessa Morrison is a HR copywriter, a New Hire Consultant/Coach. She has been in business for 7 years writing resumes and now teaches others and is the author of Maximize Your Job Success Series, most recently Maximize Your Job Success - 8 Secrets to Get HR’s Attention to be released this fall. Parts of this article was taken from AWAI Resume Writers Program.
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Sunday, December 11th 2016 at 12:37AM
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