Top 20 hard skills list for 2021
Here’s a list of the top 20 hard skills (from several industries, as well as general ones) that we compiled based on our 2021 research and resume-related experience:
General hard skills:
- Computer software knowledge (specify based on the job)
- Research (web research or open-source research)
- Foreign languages
- Social media knowledge (general)
- Administrative tasks
Marketing & sales hard skills:
- Social media management
- Content creation and visualization
- Marketing/content strategy
- Facebook/Google ads
Management hard skills:
- Project management systems
- Use of CRM or CMS software
- Business planning/analysis
- Six Sigma techniques
- Agile / Scrum
Design hard skills:
- Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
- Photo editing
- Web design and/or UX design
Hard skills FAQ
These are some frequently asked questions about listing hard skills on a resume:
Should you separate hard skills and soft skills on a resume?
On balance, it’s probably best to avoid creating separate headings for hard skills and soft skills. Some skills fall into a gray area between the two, and separating them into different sections is really not helpful to employers.
Is being bilingual a hard skill?
Being bilingual is usually considered a hard skill, although some classify it as a soft skill. But it doesn’t really matter. If you do choose to create separate headings for hard skills and soft skills, then create a third category called “Languages.”
Is customer service a hard or soft skill?
Customer service is a hard skill, acquired by training and experience, though it relies heavily on soft skills involving communication, listening and empathy.
Should I put ‘hard worker’ on my resume?
No. Avoid vague, “fluffy,” clichéd phrases like “hard worker,” “self-starter,” “team player.” As a general rule, try to list skills that are specific and measurable.
How do you list typing skills on a resume?
Lean toward the term “word processing” instead of “typing,” and if possible mention how many words per minute you can produce: “Word processing: 75 words per minute.”
Should skills be bulleted on a resume?
Most resume designs feature bullet points ( • ) in front of each skill. Lean toward a simple bullet design like a solid black dot and avoid unusual styles like check marks.
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