40 Good Skills To Put On A Resume [Powerful Examples For 2019]

By Jeff Gillis

When somebody says the word “skills” to you, what immediately comes to mind?

For most people, the answer is “things I am good at“.

Typing.  Woodworking.  Public speaking…  Cartwheels.

Yes, all of the things listed above can be considered skills, but when it comes to the job hunt, you have to be selective as to which of these to include on your resume. Why?

Because the company you are interviewing with AND the job you are interviewing for both require a very specific set of skills in order for you to get the job done effectively.


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Filling up the skills section of your resume with a bunch of skills that have absolutely nothing to do with the job you are applying for is basically just a waste of space.

This is why it is important that you understand how to choose the correct skills to include.


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hard-soft-skillsHard Skills vs. Soft Skills

There are two basic types of skill-sets that a job seeker can have and include on their resume, and those are either hard skills or soft skills.

Hard skills are the skills or abilities for a resume that are easily quantifiable…that can be learned through classroom work, apprenticeships or other forms of learning.  These include things like operating tools, computer programming, speaking foreign languages or typing.

Soft skills are more subjective and harder to quantify, and are often grouped together by what we know as “people skills”.  Some examples of soft skills include communication, relationship building, self-awareness and patience.

Which Skills Are More Important?

The debate rages on about which of these two types of skills are more important.

On one hand, in a tough job market, job seekers with a proficiency in a specific hard skill may get hired more quickly as companies look to hire people that can deliver value with fewer resources (ex. the need for training, etc.).

However, we are also seeing that many hiring managers are choosing to hire candidates with highly developed soft skills.


Because they feel that they can always train the candidate in the hard skill that is required to complete the job, but soft skills are often skills that cannot necessarily be taught.

So what does this mean for you?balance-242223_640


You can’t simply just pick one or the other and cross your fingers.

The best strategy is to take a balanced approach and make sure that your resume contains both hard and soft skills.

But as you’ll see later in this article, you can’t just list all of the skills you “think” you have.

There is strategy to this whole thing!

Don’t worry, we’ll show you exactly how to ensure that you list the skills that will get you the interview AND get you the job.

opportunity-396265_640How Do You Choose The Skills To List On a Resume

Here’s the deal.

You know what you’re good at.  You know the things you grew up doing as a kid, or the things you learned in school (and excelled in), or the activities you did after school (ex. sports, fine arts, clubs, etc.).

So you should already have a list of things that you would consider yourself proficient in.

This is a good place to start.

Here are the steps for choosing the right skills:

1) Make a List of The Skills You Know You Have

Or better yet, take a look at the list below and make a note of the skills you have an above-average proficiency in.

List of Skills for Resume

Between hard skills and soft skills, you should have a healthy list of resume skills examples to use when applying for a job. To get you started, here is a sample list for you to pull from.

Hard Skills List

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