resume skills

“The first thing I’m looking for is the hard skills that match the job description,” a corporate recruiter told Jobscan. 

If you didn’t already know it, choosing the right skills for your resume is your ticket to getting noticed, interviewed, and hired for a job.

What are Resume Skills?

Resume skills are keywords pulled directly from the job description that make your resume a perfect match for the job opening. The right resume skills grab the attention of overworked recruiters and can improve your chances of making it through applicant tracking system (ATS) filters and searches.

Best Skills to Include on a Resume

The best skills to include on a resume depend on the job for which you’re applying since each job description yields specific resume skills.

For example, if you’re applying for a job in Customer Support, the job description might include skills like IT, Stripe, Zendesk, troubleshooting, etc. These hard skills and software then become the top skills for your resume.

I know what you’re thinking, and yes, that means each job you apply for requires its own unique set of resume skills. A one-size-fits-all resume does not work in the world of online job applications and ATS.

How to List Skills on a Resume

The best way to list skills on your resume is naturally. There are a couple of ways to make this happen. If you can weave skills into the details of your work experience, that’s a great way to do it. For example:

In this case, the applicant was able to naturally include skills from the job description into their resume. If it doesn’t sound natural, you can also consider adding a section to your resume called “Skills.” Your skills section can look something like this:

A skills section is totally acceptable to hiring managers. Plus, it makes resume tailoring a bit easier, since you can swap your hard skills and soft skills in and out for different job positions. That said, be sure to add context to these resume skills in other sections so that the recruiter or hiring manager can gauge your aptitude.

Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills

Speaking of hard skills and soft skills, let’s talk about the difference between the two. 

Hard skills show mastery and proficiency while soft skills show communication and relational abilities. While hard skills are most important for ATS, soft skills are important to include as well.

Here’s an example of a software engineer’s hard skills included in their resume:

  • Javascript
  • Java
  • CASE
  • Linux

Here’s an example of that same engineer’s soft skills on their resume:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Superior time management
  • Work well under pressure

Hard skills help your resume get noticed while showing experience level and qualification for the position at the same time. Soft skills make the applicant human, showing leadership, empathy, and character.

Top 500 Skills for Resume

Use this list of the top 500 skills to put on a resume to help in your resume writing process. Based on each unique job description, each resume will require different skills and keywords. The keywords below are examples of the types of keywords that will help get your resume get noticed, and get you hired.

This list reflects the most common keywords that we see appearing in real job descriptions scanned using Jobscan. For personalized suggestions, try running your resume through Jobscan.

    1. design
    2. operations
    3. technical
    4. training
    5. sales
    6. marketing
    7. reporting
    8. compliance
    9. strategy
    10. research
    11. analytical
    12. engineering
    13. policies
    14. budget
    15. finance
    16. project management
    17. health
    18. customer service
    19. documentation
    20. content
    21. presentation
    22. brand
    23. presentations
    24. safety
    25. certification

  1. accounting
  2. regulations
  3. metrics
  4. legal
  5. engagement
  6. database
  7. analytics
  8. distribution
  9. coaching
  10. testing
  11. vendors
  12. consulting
  13. writing
  14. contracts
  15. inventory
  16. retail
  17. healthcare
  18. regulatory
  19. scheduling
  20. construction
  21. logistics
  22. mobile
  23. C (programming language)
  24. correspondence
  25. controls

    1. human resources
    2. specifications
    3. recruitment
    4. procurement
    5. partnership
    6. partnerships
    7. management experience
    8. negotiation
    9. hardware
    10. programming
    11. agile
    12. forecasting
    13. advertising
    14. business development
    15. audit
    16. architecture
    17. supply chain
    18. governance
    19. staffing
    20. continuous improvement
    21. product development
    22. networking
    23. recruiting
    24. product management
    25. CRM

  1. SAP
  2. troubleshooting
  3. computer science
  4. budgeting
  5. electrical
  6. customer experience
  7. I-DEAS
  8. economics
  9. information technology
  10. transportation
  11. social media
  12. automation
  13. lifecycle
  14. filing
  15. modeling
  16. investigation
  17. SQL
  18. editing
  19. purchasing
  20. KPIs
  21. hospital
  22. forecasts
  23. acquisition
  24. expenses
  25. billing

    1. change management
    2. video
    3. invoices
    4. administrative support
    5. payments
    6. lean
    7. process improvement
    8. installation
    9. risk management
    10. transactions
    11. investigations
    12. payroll
    13. R (programming language)
    14. data analysis
    15. statistics
    16. coding
    17. protocols
    18. program management
    19. quality assurance
    20. windows
    21. banking
    22. outreach
    23. sourcing
    24. Microsoft Office
    25. merchandising

  1. business requirements
  2. drawings
  3. Salesforce
  4. documenting
  5. information systems
  6. nursing
  7. business administration
  8. consumers
  9. financial services
  10. legislation
  11. strategic planning
  12. MS Office
  13. counseling
  14. technical support
  15. frameworks
  16. performance management
  17. BI
  18. fashion
  19. HTML
  20. publications
  21. internship
  22. QA
  23. software development
  24. oracle
  25. Java

    1. teaching
    2. pharmaceutical
    3. ERP
    4. fulfillment
    5. positioning
    6. tax
    7. service delivery
    8. investigate
    9. editorial
    10. account management
    11. business process
    12. valid drivers license
    13. electronics
    14. PR
    15. public relations
    16. Javascript
    17. assembly
    18. digital marketing
    19. Linux
    20. Facebook
    21. spreadsheets
    22. recruit
    23. proposal
    24. SharePoint
    25. data entry

  1. hotel
  2. ordering
  3. branding
  4. life cycle
  5. real estate
  6. relationship management
  7. researching
  8. process improvements
  9. chemistry
  10. SaaS
  11. CAD
  12. sales experience
  13. mathematics
  14. customer-facing
  15. audio
  16. project management skills
  17. six sigma
  18. hospitality
  19. mechanical engineering
  20. auditing
  21. employee relations
  22. android
  23. security clearance
  24. licensing

    1. Adobe
    2. fundraising
    3. repairs
    4. ISO
    5. market research
    6. warehouse
    7. business strategy
    8. PMP
    9. data management
    10. quality control
    11. reconciliation
    12. CSS
    13. conversion
    14. business analysis
    15. financial analysis
    16. ecommerce
    17. business intelligence
    18. C++
    19. client service
    20. publishing
    21. supervising
    22. complex projects
    23. key performance indicators
    24. scrum
    25. Photoshop
    26. sports

  1. e-commerce
  2. journalism
  3. D (programming language)
  4. data collection
  5. higher education
  6. marketing programs
  7. financial management
  8. business plans
  9. user experience
  10. client relationships
  11. cloud
  12. analytical skills
  13. Cisco
  14. internal stakeholders
  15. product marketing
  16. regulatory requirements
  17. ITIL
  18. information security
  19. aviation
  20. supply chain management
  21. Python
  22. accounts payable
  23. industry experience
  24. AutoCAD
  25. purchase orders

    1. acquisitions
    2. TV
    3. instrumentation
    4. strategic direction
    5. law enforcement
    6. call center
    7. experiments
    8. technical skills
    9. human resource
    10. business cases
    11. build relationships
    12. invoicing
    13. support services
    14. marketing strategy
    15. operating systems
    16. biology
    17. start-up
    18. electrical engineering
    19. workflows
    20. routing
    21. non-profit
    22. marketing plans
    23. due diligence
    24. business management
    25. iPhone

  1. algorithms
  2. architectures
  3. reconcile
  4. dynamic environment
  5. external partners
  6. asset management
  7. Microsoft Word
  8. EMEA
  9. intranet
  10. SOPs
  11. SAS
  12. digital media
  13. prospecting
  14. financial reporting
  15. project delivery
  16. SEO
  17. operational excellence
  18. standard operating procedures
  19. C#
  20. technical knowledge
  21. on-call
  22. talent management
  23. stakeholder management
  24. tablets
  25. CMS

    1. analyze data
    2. financial statements
    3. Microsoft Office Suite
    4. fitness
    5. case management
    6. value proposition
    7. industry trends
    8. RFP
    9. broadcast
    10. portfolio management
    11. fabrication
    12. UX
    13. financial performance
    14. customer requirements
    15. psychology
    16. marketing materials
    17. resource management
    18. physics
    19. mortgage
    20. development activities
    21. end user
    22. business planning
    23. root cause
    24. analysis
    25. leadership development

  1. relationship building
  2. SDLC
  3. on-boarding
  4. quality standards
  5. regulatory compliance
  6. AWS
  7. KPI
  8. status reports
  9. product line
  10. drafting
  11. JIRA
  12. phone calls
  13. product knowledge
  14. business stakeholders
  15. technical issues
  16. admissions
  17. supervisory experience
  18. usability
  19. pharmacy
  20. commissioning
  21. project plan
  22. MS Excel
  23. FDA
  24. test plans
  25. variances

    1. UI
    2. financing
    3. travel arrangements
    4. internal customers
    5. medical device
    6. counsel
    7. inventory management
    8. performance metrics
    9. lighting
    10. outsourcing
    11. InDesign
    12. performance improvement
    13. management consulting
    14. graphic design
    15. transport
    16. information management
    17. .NET
    18. startup
    19. matrix
    20. front-end
    21. project planning
    22. business systems
    23. accounts receivable
    24. public health
    25. HRIS

  1. German
  2. instructional design
  3. in-store
  4. data center
  5. MATLAB
  6. employee engagement
  7. cost effective
  8. sales management
  9. API
  10. Adobe Creative Suite
  11. Twitter
  12. program development
  13. event planning
  14. cash flow
  15. strategic plans
  16. root cause
  17. vendor management
  18. trade shows
  19. hotels
  20. segmentation
  21. contract management
  22. GIS
  23. talent acquisition
  24. photography
  25. internal communications

    1. client services
    2. IBM
    3. financial reports
    4. product quality
    5. beverage
    6. strong analytical skills
    7. underwriting
    8. CPR
    9. mining
    10. sales goals
    11. chemicals
    12. deposits
    13. scripting
    14. migration
    15. software engineering
    16. MIS
    17. therapeutic
    18. general ledger
    19. Tableau
    20. MS Project
    21. standardization
    22. retention
    23. spelling
    24. media relations
    25. OS

  1. daily operations
  2. immigration
  3. product design
  4. ETL
  5. field sales
  6. driving record
  7. PeopleSoft
  8. benchmark
  9. quality management
  10. APIs
  11. test cases
  12. internal controls
  13. telecom
  14. business issues
  15. research projects
  16. data quality
  17. strategic initiatives
  18. office software
  19. CFA
  20. co-op
  21. big data
  22. journal entries
  23. VMware
  24. help desk
  25. statistical analysis

    1. datasets
    2. alliances
    3. SolidWorks
    4. prototype
    5. LAN
    6. SCI
    7. budget management
    8. Unix
    9. RFPs
    10. Flex
    11. GAAP
    12. experimental
    13. CPG
    14. information system
    15. customer facing
    16. process development
    17. web services
    18. international
    19. travel
    20. revenue growth
    21. software development life cycle
    22. operations management
    23. computer applications
    24. risk assessments
    25. sales operations

  1. raw materials
  2. internal audit
  3. physical security
  4. SQL server
  5. affiliate
  6. computer software
  7. manage projects
  8. business continuity
  9. litigation
  10. IT infrastructure
  11. cost reduction
  12. small business
  13. annual budget
  14. iOS
  15. HTML5
  16. real-time
  17. consulting experience
  18. circuits
  19. machine learning
  20. risk assessment
  21. DNS
  22. cross-functional team
  23. public policy
  24. analyzing data
  25. consulting services

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