Last Updated on August 19, 2023 by Ashish
The difference between securing a job offer and facing rejection often hinges on your skills. Although it might appear inconsequential, the section at the bottom of your resume dedicated to showcasing your skills can play a pivotal role in your ability to negotiate a higher salary and distinguish yourself in a fiercely competitive job market.
The landscape of job requirements is being reshaped by emerging technologies and the disruptions caused by the pandemic. These transformative forces are influencing the specific skills that companies are prioritizing in their ideal candidates.
Recent research conducted by ResumeGenius, involving a survey of over 800 managers, underscores that a significant majority (88%) of hiring managers assign greater importance to hard skills compared to soft skills or work history when evaluating resumes.
Among the in-demand hard skills, Information Technology (IT) skills are at the forefront, encompassing proficiencies in areas such as blockchain, AI, and cybersecurity.
Top Three Coveted Hard Skills
The following are the top three coveted hard skills that employers are eager to see on your resume, according to findings from ResumeGenius:
- IT skills,
- Software development, and
- Data analysis
Hard skills have always held a significant role in hiring decisions, but they have gained even more prominence since the introduction of ChatGPT in late 2022, along with the subsequent excitement around AI, according to Eva Chan. She is a certified professional resume writer and serves as a senior digital PR writer at Resume Genius.
This phenomenon isn’t limited to just the tech industry. Chan has observed a growing number of job opportunities across various sectors such as education, marketing, and retail. These roles often require candidates to possess familiarity with AI or proficiency in different software programs.
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Reshaping Job Requirements
Similarly, when highlighting your expertise in project management—an in-demand hard skill—Chan recommends showcasing tangible accomplishments like “Led a team of 15 individuals in a year-long project, completing it 50 days ahead of schedule.”
It’s worth noting that including every skill listed by Resume Genius on your application isn’t obligatory for a successful job search. For instance, a nursing role wouldn’t necessarily require an extensive understanding of software development.
However, it’s prudent to consider the skills that are currently in demand for your desired positions. You can achieve this by closely analyzing the language used in job descriptions, exploring the career pages of companies, or networking with professionals in your target roles to gain insights into the most valuable skills they’ve encountered.
According to Chan, incorporating hard skills into your resume communicates to potential employers that you possess adaptability, openness, and a rapid capacity to learn new skills. She asserts that these attributes stand out as highly appealing qualities in prospective employees.