Although having a separate Skills section is optional, you will want to include both hard skills and soft skills (also called transferable skills) somewhere in your resume.

Hard skills are specific and can be defined and measured. An example would be technical skills. A separate skills section would usually only include hard skills. It is a particularly useful section if you are aiming for a computer, scientific, engineering or highly skilled trades role where very specific skills are required.

This section can just be a laundry list or could also indicate your level of competency for each skill. It allows the reader (whether human or computer) to determine quickly if you have the basic mandatory skills and allows you to include more than you might be able to reasonably mention elsewhere in the resume. It should have bullets and/or be displayed in columns or a table for at-a-glance reading. However, if examples of a few of the key listed skills can also be included in the Experience section, it helps to provide evidence or proof, even if it seems a bit repetitive.

Soft skills, on the other hand, are best woven throughout the other sections of the resume, particularly the Experience section. Soft skills are often referred to as transferable skills because they can be applied in a myriad of roles. They include intangible and non-measurable abilities such as communication, people, and social skills. Experience that is seemingly unrelated to the position being applied for can suddenly become relevant when the focus is placed on the transferable skills.

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Include both hard skills and soft skills in your resume.