We’ve covered lots of different resume sections already, including the section called Resume Skills.
Now it’s time to dive into writing up the technical skills on your resume.
The first thing you probably want to know is what we mean by technical skills and why you would need them on your CV?
We’re also going to answer the burning question, how do you describe technical skills on a resume?
You’re in the right place to learn about if you’re including the right skills for the job you want, or if you’ve got the hiring manager banging their head in boredom with your pointless details.
We’re going to go through how to pick out the right skills to use and, importantly, how to list them.
Finally, we’re also going to give you some top tips on how you can hone the technical skills you already have and gain some new ones.
Let’s do this…
Your technical skills are hard skills that relate to how you are able to use technology. This can be computer skills and other things you’re able to do around computing, such as coding.
Just like your hard skills in general, they show potential employers you are able to complete particular tasks or use certain tools or programs. The flip side of this is your soft skills, which are people-oriented skills and don’t really have any solid, numbers-based measures.
As a general rule of thumb, you’d class technical skills as those which are practical in nature and have required you to have some in-depth training.
To be specific about this, here are some examples:
Every job that you apply for is going to have a list of different skills you’ll need to have, so be careful to be really specific when you’re adding hardware, software programs, applications, etc that you are skilled in.
Different industries have different technical skills that they use. You need to make sure to do your research for the industry that you’re aiming to be working in.
We’ve got some great advice about pairing your skills with the right proficiency level and be sure to offer supporting evidence for your skills with your other important resume sections, like your work experience section and educational background.
Pro-TipWhen you’re doing applications for specialized positions, it’s likely that you’re competing against candidates who have technical skills, too. You need to be sure you’re proficient in the right technologies to get the job you want.
Computers are now ubiquitous in our lives.
It stands to reason that the modern employment market has a high demand for people with technical skills.
Having technical skills is important since most jobs have some level of technology in them, including tools, programs, and processes.
If you’re lucky enough to have technical know-how that’s sought-after in your industry, you’re going to get to the top of the candidate list a lot easier.
There are many different types of technical skills, depending on the industry and type of job you want to get. Examples being…
If you’re doing something that uses technology and you needed training how to use it, then it can be thought of as a technical skill within your industry.
Technology has permeated into every corner of the modern workforce.
How do you differentiate what your technical skills are, and then decide which ones make it on to your resume?
That’s coming up next…
Pro-TipAlthough mostly associated with jobs in the IT or science-related fields, there are plenty of other industries that will require you to have some technical skills.
It all depends on the industry that you’re job-hunting in as to what hard skills, which are normally technical in nature, are going to be expected of you.
To know exactly what you need to be skilled in for the field you’re applying in is probably going to take a little bit of research.
Your first port of call is to check out the job advertisement for the role you want.
In a job posting, you’ll probably see the potential employer listing the required and the desired technical skills.
What if your current skill set doesn’t cover everything that you wish it did?
It’s common for businesses to be happy to offer training whilst you’re working for them. This is especially true to ones that use highly specialized tools or software that they can’t really expect you to have used before.
Even if you have lots of technical skills, you don’t want to go for a scattergun approach to adding them on to your resume.
You need to figure out what it is your future employer is looking for.
When you’re starting to compile your resume, you need to think about what to put under technical skills on a resume. Here are some tips:
You can find out more about the hard skills that are in high demand in 2019, according to LinkedIn. You might surprise yourself and already have some of them.
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You don’t need to get too fancy when you add your technical skills to your resume, a simple, bulleted list can sometimes suffice.
However, depending on the skills you need to list, you might need to go deeper and elaborate on your skill level and the breadth of your knowledge.
The first thing you need to do is list the technical skills you have.
Now you know the technical skills you have, it’s time to make them sparkle on your resume.
There are different ways to do this, depending on where in your career trajectory you are. Here’s a set of guidelines for you.
To really show that you know what you’re doing, use bullets that are packed with achievements related to your technical skills to show you really know what you’re doing.
Backup your claims with numbers.
Use numbers, statistics, percentages, and other relevant measures to show how effective you are at using the technology you’re referring to.
If you want the hiring manager to see your key relevant skills first, describe them in the “Skills Summary” section and place it at the top of your resume, before your work experience etc.
To let you see what it looks like, here’s an example listing for a person’s technical skills who’s new to the job market:
In a different vein, here’s what the technical skills section would look like on a resume for someone who is vastly experienced:
Finally, let’s look at what the technical skills section would look like for an applicant in IT sphere:
You can use raw text for listing your skills:
Also you may opt in using more visual representation:
Before we move on to the next section, it’s important that you remember…
There are a variety of technical abilities.
Don’t put anything untrue on your resume.
When your untruths are uncovered, you’re probably going to get fired and likely harm your personal and professional reputation to boot.
Pro-TipWhen you’re writing your cover letter, you should highlight your key skills there, too. In your letter, you should draw the hiring manager’s attention to a couple of your technical skills and give examples when you used them in your last job.
If reading all this has made you feel like you lack some technical skills, or you’re looking at changing careers and need to reskill yourself…
There’s nothing stopping you from improving your skills or learning completely new ones.
This is a list of some of the things that you can do to acquire better technical skills:
|Great Ways to Get Better Technical Skills or Get Fresh Ones|
|Read books about technical subjects||This could get expensive, and the books are hefty; being filled with lots of code listings, etc, but if you get a good technical book it’ll be well-organized, well-edited, and well-indexed|
|Take a course to get new skills||To get a new technical skill you can take courses or a class. You can investigate taking a course or courses at a local school or even online|
|Ask a professional for help||If you’re lucky, you might find a person who’s got the skills you want. Ask them if they would like to teach you. You can offer money or your own skills in return|
|Buy subscriptions for technical magazines||This requires less financial investment and you can improve your general technical skills and go in directions you wouldn’t find in your current role|
|Make friends with geeky experts||Geeks love talking about the things they love, and help others discover their passions. You can join a computer club or user group to learn from highly skilled geeks|
|Seek on the job training||Some job advertisements will explicitly say they offer training to their new recruits. If it's not listed in the ad, check if the company website mentions their training programs. When you know a company offers new skills to their employees, you can highlight that you're ready to learn and grow into your role. Let your boss know you’re keen to learn so you can improve in your job.|
Learning new things can be great fun and very rewarding.
Find a way to learn that’s fun for you, and don’t worry if you don’t get it straight away!
There are plenty of benefits that come along with gaining new technical skills. You’re going to be able to apply for better jobs with a higher salary, and also empower yourself, find new social circles, and maybe even learn how to program your new TV to work with Netflix.
As your technical skills improve you’re going to get better at learning about emerging technology.
The important thing is that you start.
After reading all of that, you should have a clear idea of how to write technical skills on a resume and be armed with some ideas for good technical skills to put on a resume.
To pull it all together…
Technical skills are important and will be more so in the future.
You’ll be able to stand out from the crowd with a good complement of technical skills.
Whichever sector you’re in, and whether your job is technical or as a skilled laborer, your future employer wants to see you have the skills the job requires to be efficient, effective, and successful.
To go over it again, this is why to need them and how to figure out your own.
It’s important to note…
You want your list of technical skills to let the recruiter know that you’re perfectly matched for the job that you’re applying for and you’re able to bring real and tangible value to their company.
Show them what you’ve got, where your skills lie, and that you’re better than any other applicant in the pile!