For job seekers trying to land a position in management, few things are more important than the proper use of their resumes. Unfortunately, many management candidates struggle to convey their management skills in a way that entices prospective employers. Since many common management skills are properly understood as “soft skills” it is important to describe them in a more tangible way. In this post, we will offer some important tips to help you when you’re including management skills on a resume.
One primary challenge people face when including management skills in their resume involves placement. It is vital to look at your resume from the perspective of a potential employer. Obviously, that employer will want to be able to quickly scan your resume and identify the skills most important to the job at hand. To help simplify that process, resumes use sections. You can use those sections to your advantage by including management skills in a separate section.
Give the section a title, to clearly separate it from other sections like Education, Employment History, etc. There are several possibilities you can use, including Core Skills, Key Skills, Skills and Abilities, Core Competencies, or some variation on that theme.
This section is typically found after a resume’s Employment history section, though your exact placement may depend upon the resume format.
(We wrote a good post on how to include skills on a resume here)
When including management skills, it’s important to identify the ones that mean something to employers. There are a whole host of skill descriptions that are essentially meaningless. These offer little value and may look like an attempt to pad your resume. For example, you don’t want to include “skills” like:
These are skills that most employees claim they possess. If you want to stand out, you need to provide a list of management skills that better describe your capabilities and the value that you can offer to that employer.
It’s vital to include the most important management skills that employers are looking for. To help, we’ve compiled a list of them to help you properly showcase your capabilities and stand out from the crowd:
As you’re including management skills in your resume, you will probably notice that many of the skills we’ve listed apply to a wide variety of management positions. This is because most effective managers share common traits that would be useful in many occupations. You should work to identify all the skills that you possess and incorporate the most relevant ones into your resume.
It is vital to recognize that these management skills can be difficult to demonstrate in any list of skills.
That’s why it is important to illustrate these skills by including examples in your employment history. When you’re describing your past job achievements, you can include references to these skills to draw the connection. Done properly, you can paint a clear picture of your management skills that will help to showcase you as the perfect candidate for the job!
While you’re at it, check out our great post on resume skills: What Skills Should You Put on Your Resume?