When you are writing your academic resume, you need to include your skills into it. In this case, even if your resume does not feature any experience, the employer will be interested in your candidature. Therefore, you need to know what kind of skills need to be included into your resume and how to mention them. This is exactly what this article is going to tell you about.

Below, you will find different kinds of skills you should include in your resume. You can also add them to your cover letter and mention them in your job interview. Use these recommendations wisely, and you will certainly win a job with your academic resume.

Kinds of Skills High School Students Possess

Student resume skills and abilities can be different. They may include something you have learnt at your classes, in volunteering projects, sports events, and during other extracurricular activities.

  • If you have played any team sport, you can mention teamwork skills
  • If you were the captain of your team, go ahead and add leadership skills
  • If you know how software programs function or have learnt to use a computer professionally, add computer skills
  • If you can take part in a conversation or present in front of an audience, you have communication skills
  • If you successful combined your social life with your studies, mention your flexibility
  • If you ever worked on a group project, talk about your collaboration skills
  • If you have babysat a child, then you must be reliable

The Most Important Skills for High School Students

Below, you can find the list of personal skills almost every student has:

  1. Communication skills. It includes both written and oral communication. Having communication skills means being able to pass on information, as well as listen to others. This set of skills is important for most employers, so be sure to elaborate on it.
  2. Dependability and responsibility. Your employer will certainly want to find a mature person for the position they are offering. Therefore, you need to show that they can rely on you and they should not worry about the job being done in time.
  3. Quick learner. Of course, you do not need to have all the skills required for the job you are applying for, but you should show that you can learn new skills very quickly. Tell how fast you learnt a new skill in the past.
  4. Teamwork. Most jobs require you to work in a team with a bunch of different people. For this reason, the employer expects you to have good teamwork skills.
  5. Technology skills. We live in a technological world, where everyone needs to have a good set of technology skills. Show that you have them, too.

Resume Skills Examples

Now let’s see a more exhaustive list of personal skills that you can mention in your academic resume:

  • Accuracy
  • Adherence to instructions
  • Cheerfulness
  • Courteousness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Friendliness
  • Good listening skills
  • Helpfulness
  • Innovativeness
  • Multitasking skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Punctuality
  • Research skills

How to Start Enlisting Your Skills

Think of everything you did at school and during your non-academic activities. Then see what you have learnt from all these things and make a list of skills needed to get a job. The required set of skills can depend on the kind of job, as well as on whether it is a full-time or part-time position.

Check the Job Posting

To understand what exact skills you are expected to have for a position you are applying for, check the requirements in the job posting. You can find a comprehensive list there and think whether you have these skills or not, or whether you can learn them quickly. 

For instance, to work at a fast food chain, you are usually expected to be hardworking and enthusiastic, as well as have strong teamwork skills.

Read the list of the required skills very attentively and imagine yourself working in this environment. How many of these skills do you already possess? Will you be able to demonstrate them every day? Or will you need to learn them first?

In case the job posting of your interest does not have the list of the required skills, you can take a look at similar postings and find the lists there.

How to Include Skills in Your Resume

When the list of your skills is ready, you need to find a good place on your resume to show them to the employer. You can do it in several ways:

  1. Enlist all the activities you did in the past (both academic and extracurricular)
  2. Add your skills to the activity description
  3. Specify your skills in a separate section named “Skills and Interests” in the end of your resume

You can use any of these ways, or even all of them in your resume. Do not forget that you can talk about your skills more in detail in your cover letter.

Some More Useful Tips

  • If you find that you have too many skills to include them all into your resume, make a shorter list of five top skills that you possess. Make sure that all these skills are also relevant to the job you want
  • When you are at a job interview, do not be shy to discuss your skills. You will certainly be asked why you think you can get this job, so you need to give a good answer
  • Find a way to show yourself to your employer from the best side; you can do it enlisting your skills, but you should always be honest

Are you ready to write your resume now?