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Resumes focus on your previous job experiences. However, there may be times when including a skill or accomplishment that was gained outside of your work history could greatly influence a hiring manager. For example, did you win City Volunteer of the Year for your work with a homeless shelter? Or perhaps you have a useful language skill, such as being fluent in Spanish. There is a place for these types of things, as well as a spot to include references if you choose, on your resume.
In this lesson, you will determine what type of additional information is appropriate to include on your resume.
Additional skills and information
Sometimes you may want to include additional information about yourself that comes from outside of your education and work history. For example, you may want to include your fluency in another language, a special community project you coordinated or managed, or maybe even your technology skills outside of what you included in your employment history.
So where do you include additional skills and information on your resume? Here are some options.
- Sometimes your work history will indicate your computer competency, but if it is not obvious you may want to list your computer skills separately. Most jobs require basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office, therefore it is important to let a hiring manager know that you have these skills. Some positions require knowledge of industry-specific computer programs. For example, a graphic artist is expected to know Photoshop and Flash, therefore they should list these skills on their resume.
- Some positions require specific technical skills that are common in the industry. For example, a contractor would be expected to be able to read blueprints, prepare bid paperwork, operate construction equipment and practice OSHA safety procedures. In this sample, technical skills are considered a priority and are listed with certifications and placed at the top of the resume under the summary. Where you place your additional information may depend on what priority your industry gives to knowing certain skills.
- You may want to list any Associations you are affiliated with, especially if they are a standard in your industry. For example, most marketing professionals probably belong to the American Marketing Association. Associations also indicate that you take your career pursuits seriously and that you are educated about the latest trends and standards that pertain to your industry and interests.
- Additional information may include civic activities, awards and recognitions, volunteering or cultural skills like language or travel. It may also include other interests or activities that may show leadership, character or qualities that you feel are beneficial to your career. For example, if you are looking for a job in the health industry, listing your Yoga certification indicates that you are likely a health advocate and leader. You should use good judgement when including additional information on your resume. Information should be related to your career and not personal, religious, recreational or political in nature.