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Listing Your Skills2:40 with Rakeem Thomas
Generate a list of your most important abilities and potential contributions.
- List the programming languages you know, the platforms and operating systems you’re most familiar with, or the types of systems you’ve created, implemented, or maintained in the past.
- Most HR professionals rely on keywords matching process, so make sure you use the right words to show you have the relevant experience.
- Here are some words to get you started: do you have these skills/experiences?
- RESTful API
Now that you know the basic components of a resume,
let's look closely at developing a strong list of skills.
As I mentioned in the last video, employers screen resumes for
skills and important keywords.
A lot of companies even use software to do this initial screening for them.
Because of this, it is vital that you list the skills and
experience most relevant to your desired job.
Take a look at this example,
Ada has listed her top skills at the beginning of her resume.
This is a great way to show that she has the necessary skills for the role.
There are many different ways to list and showcase your skills.
You can organize based on different categories, such as languages and
frameworks, or you can put them in descending order based on comfort level.
In this example, she's kept it simple and
listed her top six to nine skills across the page to save space.
Remember, you'd like to keep your resume to a one to two page maximum,
this increases the readability of your resume.
When we look at this example, you instantly get the impression that Ada
is an aspiring Java developer with knowledge of Spring MVC, and
Hibernate, along with other complementary skills.
Resist the temptation to list every single skill you have, doing so
will hide your most important skills among less relevant ones.
Keep your list focus on two factors, how comfortable you are with each skill, and
how relevant that skill is to the job you are applying to.
For example, if you are completing the Java tech degree, Java, Spring or
Spark may be some of your strongest skills.
Naturally, if you are applying for a role as the Java engineer,
you should build your resume to show that your skills match the skills
that are required per the job description.
Let's take a look at what your skills may look like, and
a list of skills a job may require.
You can immediately see some overlap, which is great.
You have experience with SQL and
building REST APIs, which is what the role asks for.
Although you are stronger with jQuery and MongoDB, you should remove them
in favor of SQL and building Restful APIs, because that's what the role requires.
The skills we just looked at probably don't match your skill set.
Before you move on to the next video, I encourage you to spend five to ten minutes
writing down all of your top technical skills, and
the complementary skills that go with them.
At this point don't worry about having too many skills, more is better right now.
When you start to build your resume later,
you'll narrow down your list to the most relevant skills
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