Resume Skills list

What exactly are resume skills and resume abilities? Are they different? The short answer is yes. Although resume skills and resume abilities overlap at times, they are generally used in different ways.

Resume skills involve the measurable manipulation of data, things, or people who

one gains as a result of practice or training. For example, you might be prompted to describe your computer skills. A perfect response would include the computers and software programs you have operated (or the “manipulation of data”), a statement that quantifies your effectiveness (or the “measurable” aspect), and the situations in which you developed computer skills (or the experience of “practice or training”). Resume skills can often be improved over time. Also,
resume skills typically involve the use of your hands, speech, or mind.

Resume abilities, on the other hand, are quite different from resume skills.

A resume ability is a natural or acquired power to perform a mental or physical activity. The main difference is that resume abilities suggest a capacity to perform, whereas resume skills result from the actual performance. Resume abilities only become resume skills when observed through actions. Unlike resume skills, resume abilities are often very broad and can be applied to a variety of circumstances. Abilities may or may not be improved over time.

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NOTICE: There is a cross over in the definition of the differences between resume skills and abilities in the job hunting industry and by employers. For the most part, for the purpose of resume writing, determining or recognizing the difference between skills and abilities is not always vital.

Resume skills list:

Attention to details
Applying information
Assembling products
Working with hands
Inventing ideas
Administration support
Bringing people together
Administering programs
Compiling data
Completing forms
Sorting data
Writing Reports
Coaching people
Confronting people
Evaluating performance
Handling Complaints
Providing customer service
Remaining calm in a crisis
Following instructions 
Problem Solving
Decision making
Delegating tasks
Motivating people
Setting Standards
Interpreting information
Manipulating numbers
Meeting deadlines
Prioritizing tasks
Self Motivated
Setting goals