A list of key strengths on a resume shows a potential employer what you can offer beyond experience and education. Showing your strengths gives an employer a more thorough understanding of your skills, talents and potential as an employee. Consider the position you're applying for when deciding which strengths to highlight.
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Your key strengths may stand alone in a brief list format -- perhaps with bullet points -- or you can tie them into a summary of your prior work projects and accomplishments. For example, you can simply summarize "organization" as a key strength, or briefly highlight an accomplishment at a prior job that shows your talent at organization, such as a project that required a high level of organization to complete successfully and on time.
Key strengths cover a wide variety of knowledge, skills and abilities. Computer literacy and familiarity with technology are important strengths for many positions because of the heavy use of electronics in the workplace. The ability to communicate with management and other employees in various media, such as written and verbal, is a useful strength for a job candidate. Clear communication is necessary to keep the work flowing smoothly and prevent mistakes because of a misunderstandings. Other strengths include independent problem solving, being able to lead or work within a team, and the ability to handle new situations.
Overstating key strengths may increase your attractiveness to an employer but can come back to haunt you later if you get the job. For example, if you list computer skills as a key strength but only have very basic knowledge, your employer may assign you tasks you can't complete. You may find yourself struggling and feeling frustrated at your new job if you've exaggerated key strengths on a resume and given the employer unrealistic expectations. The strengths listed should also match the position you're applying for. A person applying to a law office may have exceptional cooking skills, but the skill is neither relevant to the position, nor of interest to the employer. Focus on key strengths that directly relate to the job you want.
Listing key strengths, especially those paired with accomplishments, gives the employer the chance to ask you more about the strengths, and what you've done at other jobs, during the interview phase. The employer may ask for specifics about projects and accomplishments that showcase your key strengths, so prepare yourself in advance by writing down the details as a reminder.