As a project manager, you know there are certain skills that you bring to the table that can make or break the success of the work. But when you are writing up your resume to apply for new positions, it’s not enough to simply qualify everything as “project management skills”. You need to break it down and clearly state what those skills are and how they drive impact in the work. Here are six key skills you need to include in your resume.
The ability to work effectively in a group or team to achieve goals is one of the most important (yet not industry-specific) skill sets that managers are looking for. That’s because, in almost every job you apply for, you will be expected to work as part of a team. Demonstrating your ability to work with others will help to reassure employees that you are a good fit for the role and can offer a valuable contribution. To demonstrate your teamwork abilities, think about examples of when you have worked well with others in formal or informal groups to achieve results.
Leadership is about showing initiative, vision, and the ability to motivate others. And while you may not be applying for a role that specifically requires leadership abilities, these skills are always helpful to demonstrate your capability to lead in certain situations. There are many skills you need to be an effective leader so think about examples when you have helped to motivate, take responsibility for, and lead others effectively to accomplish objectives and goals. You should also consider whether you can delegate effectively and whether you are happy to ask for help when needed.
3. Time Management
The ability to manage and prioritize your workload and time effectively is a cross-industry, cross-position skill set. No matter where you work or what you do, you need to demonstrate the ability to organize your work and your time to be effective on the job. To make sure you highlight this in a new role, think about how you have previously demonstrated how you have structured and arranged resources to achieve objectives. Your ability to prioritize conflicting demands, avoid distractions, and meet deadlines is a strength that will serve you well.
Listening may be a very underrated professional skill, but it is an important one. In many jobs you will be required to understand and process important or complex information as not listening effectively can lead to potentially costly mistakes, misunderstandings, and lost opportunities.
5. Research and Analytical Skills
Not just for academia, the ability to gather, interpret and analyze information is another great transferable skill. There are often opportunities to learn on the job but if they are to be handled successfully, will require your ability to collect and navigate complex information. The world of business is always changing, so make sure you can stay ahead of changing trends by leveraging these skills.
6. Written and Verbal Communication Skills
When you are working with other people, whatever the project might be, the art of communication is key. Employers are looking for staff with strong written and verbal skills, professionals who can share their ideas and solutions with others in an effective way. Communication itself has changed dramatically in recent years, but the basics of communication skills have stayed the same. Can you write clearly and concisely? Can you speak passionately but directly? These abilities will serve you well in whatever job or industry you choose.
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