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It’s a delicate balancing act to write an excellent resume. Keeping a resume concise and sweet while still containing enough relevant information to leave a lasting impression might be challenging.


The skill sets you possess will also pique the curiosity of hiring supervisors. This means that while considering what talents to include on your resume, it’s critical to understand what is relevant to the position.


Additionally, even if it should go without saying, I’ll emphasize it anyway: any skills listed on your resume should be accurate and truthful. Bluffing is only going to put you in an uncomfortable position at some point in time.


So, how do you decide which skill sets to include in your resume? What are the kinds of jobs that you are searching for? What if you’re looking for a career that allows you to work from home? There is a skill set for every position.


Soft Skills Vs. Hard Skills

You can mention many skills on your resume, but you must choose which ones will be the most useful. There are both complex, industry-specific technical skills and soft skills that are required in every job.


Hard skills demonstrate technical abilities that are specific to certain jobs. For example, specific programming languages would be part of a software developer’s set of hard skills.


Personal talents or creative qualities that might come naturally or be developed over time are known as soft skills. Adaptability, self-motivation, people skills, time management, and the ability to operate under pressure are examples of soft skills.


If you are looking for remote opportunities, communication skills, the ability to work independently, time management and comfort with technology, etc. come in handy.


Moreover, specific knowledge of remote communication tools like Zoom, Skype, Slack, Google Suite, and others are all amazing skills to have on your resume.


Top 10 Soft Skills to Highlight on Your Resume

You can include endless soft talents (personal skills) in your resume, but how to pick and choose the relevant ones for any position? Here’s a quick rundown of examples of soft abilities you should include in your resume:


1. Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is based on the ability to think clearly and thoughtfully. Employers need individuals who can analyze an issue or a project and choose the best course of action. In addition, critical thinkers come up with new and better ways of working, which makes it a desirable talent to include in your resume.


2. Flexibility

Employees who are dynamic and adaptable to any environment or who have a natural capacity to apply a range of tactics and approaches in diverse situations to achieve the greatest result are sought after by many organizations and industries.


3. Problem Solving

The work environment is not always perfect, something will go wrong at some point, and employers want to know that you are resourceful and come up with a swift and efficient remedy in such situations. Some job roles, such as consultants, are essentially nothing more than resolving issues for the organization, the clients, or both.


4. Teamwork

Most jobs will demand you to collaborate with others at some point, and employers want to know that you can work well in a group setting. Some firms will place a higher value on this expertise than others.


5. Communication

Being able to communicate with your supervisor, coworkers, and clients/customers in any scenario, whether through written or verbal means, is extremely valuable. The more skilled you are at communication, the better results you will achieve in your career.


6. Creativity

In every profession, the ability to think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions is a valuable advantage. Perhaps you have a knack for approaching a problem in a way that is unique to you only. A problem you resolved or a creative skill like writing or design might be used to demonstrate creativity on your resume.


7. Organizational Skills

It’s not about keeping your desk in order; it’s about planning your time around tasks and deliverables for your coworkers, management, and, at the very least, yourself! How you follow up and interact through your interview process can help you demonstrate your organizational abilities.


8. Attention to Detail

To finish your task on the job, you must ensure that you follow all directions. When you work with people, this is very crucial. Any role you hold will require you to pay attention to detail. Consider situations when your meticulous attention to detail allowed you to spot or correct a possible blunder.


9. Emotional Aptitude

“Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and analyze one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of other people,” according to Psychology Today. This indicates that you are sensible and even-keeled in the business and that you can handle ups and downs without losing control. While this is crucial for everyone, it is a must-have talent for a management resume.


10. Responsibility

Taking responsibility for your assignments and even admitting to mistakes is an important part of being a productive employee. Most managers dislike having to check in on their staff to ensure that all aspects of their jobs are being completed. Doing what you need to do to finish your tasks is what responsibility entails.


Top 10 Hard Skills to Boost Up Your Resume

Hard skills are usually more technical, and each industry or type of profession will have its own set of requirements. It could take some investigation to figure out what kind of hard abilities you’ll be expected to have in your career. Here are some instances of hard abilities that are in high demand in a variety of industries:


1. Data Analysis

Understanding data is highly popular right now, and there are a lot of positions out there that require you to evaluate metrics and derive a practical application from them, making analytical skills extremely valuable to have on your resume.


2. Designing

Aside from obvious fields like graphic or web design, employment in marketing, advertising, branding, engineering, and construction all require some level of design expertise — even if it’s just for preparing presentations.


3. Computer Software and Application Knowledge

The list of occupations that do not necessitate the usage of computers or specific types of software is quite short. “Computer skills” in various degrees of competency and areas of expertise are a basic requirement these days that should be included on your resume.

4. Mathematics

Finance, business, engineering, construction, manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, and operations all require some level of math proficiency. If you work in a field that requires a lot of math, consider breaking it down into a few different skill sets.


5. Project Management

Project management abilities will be required for many jobs, including the capacity to manage your task flow and finish assignments on schedule.


6. Negotiation

Many vocations entail selling a product or service, purchasing stock or products, brokering production or transportation transactions, forming advertising or investment partnerships, and so on, all of which require negotiation of costs. So, if you are good at negotiating, add it to the resume now.


7. Administration

Even if your work isn’t administrative, there certainly includes some aspect of administrative activities in your role. Administrative abilities include things like planning, scheduling, curating emails, and updating files, among other things. Employers want to know that you can handle the specifics.


8. Marketing

Marketing entails the sale and promotion of goods and services. Even if you aren’t a marketer, many employers will value this hard skill.


Many diverse positions require knowledge of the strengths and benefits of your company’s products and services, as well as the ability to speak or write about them. Even better if you have specific marketing or social media experience.


9. Writing Skills

Writing is a requirement for many careers. Therefore, having fundamental writing skills is vital and an absolute skill to mention on your resume, whether it’s to clients or coworkers.


Emails with typos and grammatical problems reflect poorly on you, and a poor tone might send the incorrect message. Showcase this ability in your application letter and emails to the recruiter, and make a list of any writing-intensive projects you’ve completed.


10. Multilingualism

Being bilingual is a valuable hard talent that can help you stand out from the crowd. Even though a position or firm doesn’t require a bilingual employee at first, they may value your skill. In addition, customers and clients frequently require someone fluent in another language, so emphasize this ability in your resume.


The Bottomline

Your soft and hard talents are the factors that will determine whether you are qualified for a job or not. To get the best outcomes, make sure to include some of these top abilities in your resume.

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Aiyaz, VP of Recruitment and Staffing

Aiyaz Uddin

VP, Recruitment and Staffing

With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Aiyaz brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team by strategically positioning clients to attract, engage, and pipeline the most sought-after talent in information technology utilizing open-source intelligence, talent solutions, and machine learning tools for federal and local government contracting firms, and commercial employers. Aiyaz has a proven track record of success in matching the right talent with the right opportunities, leading to long-term and mutually beneficial relationships.


As a leader in the industry, he is constantly seeking out new and innovative ways to improve our services and deliver the best results for our clients and job seekers.

Aiyaz is a certified tech recruitment professional with an MBA in Finance & Marketing along with M.Sc. Psychology. Additionally, his drive to seek new and innovative approaches to talent acquisition led him to speak on LinkedIn Talent Solutions by LinkedIn and HackerEarth’s Tech Recruiting Conference Hire 101.

Under Aiyaz 's leadership, XA Talent has become a trusted partner for companies looking to grow their teams and job seekers looking for their next great opportunity. Aiyaz and our team are committed to delivering an exceptional experience for everyone we work with.


Get in touch with XA Talent today, and let us help you find your next great opportunity.

Peyton Brooks, VP of Workforce Development

Peyton Brooks

VP, Workforce Development

As a firm believer in continuous development and self-improvement, I attained a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Howard University and a Juris Doctor Degree from The George Washington University Law School.


My passion for service to the community drove me towards the workforce development industry, where I have been in active pursuit to change the trajectory of lives and shape communities ever since. With nearly a decade of experience doing so, I have helped thousands of individuals obtain access to more short-term, affordable, and convenient upskill and reskill opportunities across the nation.


Given my vast industry expertise, I provide management consulting services to workforce
development organizations helping them with customized solutions, specialized curricula, strategic partnerships, and employer engagement. My consulting leverages deep technical knowledge as well as strategic and tactical approaches to provide the best solutions with data-driven outcomes. 


My proven experience in building workforce development systems have led me to develop and evangelize best practices for workforce development programs that include the following outcome-based attributes:

– Livable wages and sustainable careers in high-demand industry sectors
– Job placement-focused programs with strong employer partnerships
– Data-driven understanding of regional skills gaps; and
– Comprehensive skills training that includes practical application work experience with career coaching.


My ability to thrive in the workforce development industry is attributed to my strong interpersonal skills, which have enhanced my capabilities to understand what people truly mean to communicate when attempting to express their business challenges. This trait has set me apart from the rest, as I can identify and resolve the root cause of challenges resulting in proper alignment of investment to desired business outcomes.


Therefore, as a leader of cooperative outcome-focused efforts, I would like to connect with
professionals who are interested in collaborating to improve communities and change the trajectory of lives through sustainable career attainment.

Abigail Jpones

Abigail Jones

Chief Marketing Officer

As a CMO passionate about innovative, results-driven marketing strategies, I help companies accelerate tech talent acquisition, enhance executive visibility, and build impactful brands. My entrepreneurial experience, including building startups in London, fuels my work as as a Chief Marketing Officer at XA Talent.

At 𝗫𝗔 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁, my role transcends traditional marketing, designing marketing strategies with talent in mind to strengthen talent pipelines and enhance company reputations. A successful organization begins with its people, and our approach ensures we attract individuals who can best contribute to and thrive within your organizational culture. These strategies are continuously refined in response to technological disruption, ensuring that securing brilliant minds enables your company to grow consistently and achieve its broader goals, furthering your mission to make a meaningful societal impact.

We specialize in tech talent acquisition and executive search while working closely with CEOs and senior leaders to manage their executive branding, which significantly impacts and enhances their employer brand. This collaboration enables them to hire on demand, build influential alliances, and foster advocacy for sustained business growth.

Additionally, I provide 𝗳𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗠𝗢 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀, helping companies develop strategic marketing plans, drive thought leadership to enhance brand visibility. As a speaker, I share insights on entrepreneurship and marketing, aiming to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders. My mission is to merge innovative marketing strategies with recruitment solutions to foster talent development and organizational growth.

When I’m not strategizing, you can find me attending marketing events and exploring new technologies and trends to bring fresh perspectives to the table.

Personally, I have lived in five countries – Malaysia, Australia, Dubai, the UK, and the US.

✈️an avid traveler
📑completed my MBA in London
👩🏽‍🍳love to experiment with new recipes at home
🤸🏽‍♀️absolutely love Pilates to strengthen my mind and body!

If you are interested in learning how to use your voice to build a strong workforce, connect with me and stay updated with my latest insights.

Evan Jones, Founder and CEO

Evan Jones

Founder and CEO

After 20 years of delivering IT management consulting and infrastructure operations & management services to the federal government (XA Systems, LLC and hiring thousands of employees over the years, Evan and his team have developed a system that scales a company's personnel recruitment with culture-driven candidates who contribute to the success of the business.


As a technology-based business focused on continual process improvement, the methods he and his team have developed have been improved over the years and are centered on employer branding and recruitment marketing that results in a pipeline of engaged candidates ready to be hired on demand. He believes every business can succeed and create an impact if they are willing to take uncomfortable action with the right tools and knowledge. He’s determined to stand in the gap and provide the tools and knowledge businesses need.


To date, he has played a role in the growth and development of more than 30 companies. He has worked behind the scenes of SMBs and massive 8 to 10-figure companies helping them overhaul their processes, reinvent their recruitment marketing strategies, and drive growth, both in net profit and an overall employer reach into job seeker communities.


With a passion for business transformation, Evan has developed his own technology, an enterprise SaaS solution, ServeOptics, that delivers service support performance metrics to IT leaders who need actionable insights to make informed business decisions. The more visibility of operations that exists with real-time performance metrics and automated reporting, the more efficient and effective companies can be in their service support operations, which enables a business to gain a significant competitive advantage in their industry.


Evan is interested in connecting with forward-thinking business professionals who want to collaborate on business opportunities or discuss how his recruitment system can enable a business to attract top-tier candidates, employ on-demand, and retain its best employees.