Job Skills List For Resume or CV Writing



This job skills list may be helpful to you in a number of ways.
  1. For Resume or CV writing
  2. To use as a stock take of your skills. i.e. what job skills do you currently have.
  3. To identify skills that you enjoy using, whether or not you have used them in a job previously.

1. Resume or CV Writing

The job skills list below can be used to cut and paste when resume or cv writing. If you do this please ensure that you personalize the skills to make them more precise for the way that you use them.

Also you will increase the chances of gaining a job interview if you give detailed evidence of how you have used these job skills in previous employment or in other ways outside of work e.g.
"In my previous position, the one thing that I did that I absolutely loved was help accident victims overcome their often depressed state and assist them in looking forward to the best possible future despite their difficult circumstances.
My personal goal was to do absolutely everything possible to ensure they could see some positives in life ahead and to take some small steps of action that would help them on the road to recovery.
Because of this my employer always gave me difficult cases including most brain injury clients."


Employers love to see this type of very specific evidence of skills being used in previous roles. You could even put one of these examples in your job application covering letter.

Writing a job application cover letter can often be more important then your resume or CV writing.
This is the document that gets read first and creates the first impression.
Many employers will not bother to read a resume or CV if the cover letter does not impress them.
Here are some great cover letter writing tips for creating that polished cover letter.

The employer will want to feel the passion and enthusiasm in your words for the type of work you are describing.
But don't fake enthusiasm in your job application.

You will not only be deceiving your prospective employer but also yourself.
At the end of the day do you want to be in any other job, other than one which allows you to use the skills and abilities that you are truly passionate about?


So when applying for jobs, try to apply for the ones that for the most part, use only the skills that you enjoy using the most.
This is the only real way that you will accomplish fulfillment and satisfaction in your work; aligning your strongest natural job skills with the needs of an employer.



2. To Use As a Stock Take of Your Current Job Skills

Use the job skills lists below to obtain a quick stock take of all your current skills.


Most people forget all of the skills they have used over the years.
This is a great way to remind yourself what skills you have used in previous roles.
And as you remember these, reflect on the ones that you enjoyed using the most.

Also remember to include skills that you have used in other areas apart from your work life.
Many times people can be stuck in a job that they do not like but find themselves using the skills they enjoy the most in activities outside of work.

When applying for a job, most people totally omit very real job skills that they have used outside of work. Because the skills were not linked with previous employment, they feel they are not relevant to a job application.


As someone who has been providing career change advice for many years, I have noticed that this reluctance to include nonwork related skills is very common.


The way that you will be most beneficial to an employer is when you are using the skills that you love to use the most.
So ensure both job related and non-job-related are well marketed to your prospective employer.



3. To Identify Skills That You Enjoy Using (Whether or Not You Have Used Them In a Job Previously)

This is probably the most beneficial use of this job skills list.
Hopefully you will have examples where the skills that you enjoy using the most, have been used in your career to date.

But there may be a number of skills that you haven't been able to to use in a job.

Try to think of situations throughout your past where you have used those skills in a nonwork setting.

For a more complete job skills assessment, use the inborn job skills assessment.

This is the most thorough and productive career assessment tool that I know of at helping people uncover their natural inborn job skills.


Job Skills List Relating to: PEOPLE

  • Teaching or explaining in detail to individuals
  • Teaching or explaining in detail to groups
  • Sharing or communicating well in speech with individuals
  • Sharing or communicating well in speech with groups
  • Giving advice to, encouraging or stimulating individuals
  • Giving advice to, encouraging or stimulating groups
  • Helping, assisting, serving, meeting the needs of individuals
  • Helping, assisting, serving, meeting the needs of groups
  • Sharing or communicating well in writing to individuals
  • Sharing or communicating well and writing to groups
  • Help people learn about and treat their problems, working with individuals
  • Help people learn about and treat their problems, working with groups
  • Convince, win over, influence or motivate individuals
  • Convince, win over, influence or motivate groups
  • Helping people network or make contact with each other
  • Being another's agent, delegate or representative
  • Interviewing, selecting, appraising or evaluating skills
  • Entertaining or amusing others either formally or casually including humor or inspiration, working with individuals
  • Entertaining or amusing others either formally or casually including humor or inspiration, working with groups
  • Performing, including singing, dancing, playing music and acting skills, for individuals
  • Performing, including singing, dancing, playing music and acting skills, for groups
  • Demonstrating, presenting concepts, ideas or things to individuals
  • Demonstrating, presenting concepts, ideas or things to groups
  • Leading or directing a discussion with an individual
  • Leading or directing or chairing a discussion with groups
  • Participating in sports or games, physical activities, with individuals
  • Participating in sports, games or physical activities, with groups
  • Being productive, accomplishing, seeing things through, with individuals
  • Being productive, accomplishing, seeing things through, with groups
  • Mediate between parties, help solve disputes, with individuals
  • Mediate between parties help solve disputes, with groups
  • Running or helping to run an organization, business or event, working with individuals
  • Running or helping to run an organization, business or event, working with groups
  • Innovating, initiating, founding or pioneering skills while working with individuals
  • Innovating initiating, founding or pioneering skills while working with groups
  • Being a leader, Capt. or manager in sports or recreational pursuits with individuals
  • Being a leader, Capt. or manager in sports or recreational pursuits with groups
  • Heading up or leading the way with individuals
  • Heading up or leading the way with groups
  • Add any other skills to your job skills list that you have used relating to people:_______________________________



Job Skills List Relating to: Information and Thought

  • Searching out, looking up, researching, delving into or going through information
  • Producing, creating, formulating or devising original ideas or concepts
  • Collating or compiling information by examining or monitoring things
  • Collating or compiling information by talking to, examining or monitoring people
  • Utilizing an advanced level of one of the five senses. [Talk, smell, touch, see, taste]
  • Goal setting skills and implementing the steps for achieving goals
  • Counting, accounting or working with numbers
  • Comparing or contrasting different pieces of information or ideas
  • Classifying, categorizing, sorting, organizing skills
  • Troubleshooting, finding solutions, solving problems or tackling difficult tasks
  • Changing, altering, modifying, converting, revamping or improving
  • Examining or analyzing skills
  • Envisioning, drawing, drafting, photographing, or filming skills
  • Determining, deciding, assessing or evaluating skills
  • Accessing information, records, files or data
  • Helping others to access information, records, files or data
  • Keeping account of items, documents, lists, data etc.,
  • Utilizing memory requiring detailed recall
  • Operating filing systems. [E.g.] computerized, manual, cataloging, etc.
  • Add any other skills to your job skills list that you have used relating to information and thought:_____________________


Job Skills List Relating to: Things

  • Cutting, chopping, pruning, hammering, carving or forging skills
  • Shaping, forming, setting, casting, molding, fashioning, styling or modeling skills
  • Sewing, spinning, working with clay
  • Painting, beautifying, restoring, refurbishing, finishing skills
  • Using strength, speed, vitality or agility with my body
  • Working on tasks with my hands
  • Using finger skills [e.g.] keyboard, crafts, intricate tasks with fingers
  • Using hand to eye coordination
  • Coordination with two or more parts of my body at one time [e.g.] arms, legs, feet
  • Manufacturing, building, making, fabricating, producing, constructing skills
  • Working with tools, utensils or apparatus requiring attention to detail
  • Cleaning, wiping or washing skills
  • Protecting, sustaining, maintaining, saving or preserving skills
  • Dealing with, treating, handling or assisting the progress of
  • Taking apart or dismantling skills
  • Connecting, combining, assembling or putting together
  • Looking after, tending, taking care of
  • Controlling, driving, piloting, using or operating skills
  • Ground care, gardening, keeping of grounds or garden
  • Training, caring or tending for animals
  • Add any other skills to your job skills list that you have used relating to objects or things:______________________


For a more in depth inborn job skills assessment, use the inborn job skills assessment.

This is the most comprehensive and self-esteem boosting career assessment tool that I know of to help people uncover their natural inborn job skills.

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