Common manager skills like leadership, team building and project management seem to appear on every managers resume. It makes sense since you really do need those standard manager skills for any leadership role, however recycling all the usual manager skills on your resume is not going to make you stand out as a job candidate. The key to creating a resume that stands out is to chose the manager skills that are most relevant to the specific role you are applying for.
1. Pull the Job Description Apart
The first thing you need to do before you even start to list relevant manager skills for your resume is to pull the job description apart. Grab a highlighter and color any hard or soft skill that is listed in the job description or implied in the skill section. Look at which ones are mentioned multiple times and write them all down in order of importance.
Once that is done, look up other people online especially on platforms like LinkedIn who have the same or similar jobs to the one you are applying for. Look at the sort of manager skills they say they have and which ones they chose to highlight as strengths.
Look for the overlap between the 2 lists, these will be the main manager skills you need to list.
2. Review Our List of Hard & Soft Skills
In addition to the 2 lists you have created, you should also review our complete list of manager hard and soft skills. Look for any skills that may be relevant to the job description and make sure you consider both the obvious hard skills and the more subtle soft skills too.
Add any additional skills you feel are relevant to your existing lists.
3. Research The Company
Before you finalize your list of skills, you should research the company you are applying to for any subtle clues about the soft skills they prefer. The best way to do this is to get a good understanding of the company culture. A smaller company that has a casual and relaxed culture will most likely value entrepreneurial skills like self motivation, initiative, problem solving and being adaptive to change. A larger company with a more formal culture would value project management, teamwork, leadership and often presentation skills.
4. Match Your Work Experiences To The Job Description
Once you have your core list of manager skills required for the specific job you are applying for, then you need to match your best work experiences to those particular manager skills.
Take one manager skill at a time and write down an example of when you demonstrated that articular manager skill at work. This will allow you to confidently answer any behavioral interview question they ask you about that particular manager skill.
Try and ensure you have a work example that demonstrates each manager skill on your list but if not try to address at least 75% of the manager skills asked for in the job description.
Try and use facts and figures wherever you can to support your answers
5. Add Your Keywords
Once all that hard work is done, the final step is for you to make sure that your key manager skills appear consistently throughout your resume. Most medium and large size companies use resume screening software to sift through all the resumes they receive. You need to make sure the robots choose your resume. To do this, you must ensure at least 75% of your manager skills match those asked for on the job description and that those skills appear naturally throughout your resume.
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The key to choosing the best manager skills to list on your resume is to understand exactly what the employer is looking for for the particular role you are applying for. This means the more time you spend getting that right, the more likely you are to choose a set of manager skills they really want to see.