Career Calling

August 17, 2012

Skills You Should Not List on Your Resume

It’s important to study job postings before you write a resume.  Professional skills, technical skills, and language skills need to match what the employer is looking for to the best of your ability.  However, don’t exaggerate your skills.

A smart employer will test candidates.  If you list Excel on your resume, are you able to pass a test showing you can use that software?  If say you have conversational skills in Spanish, could you carry on a conversation with a recruiter who speaks the language?  I’m not recommending that you undersell your skills, but beware of overselling them.  Be honest with potential employers – and yourself.

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