If you have successfully completed the Work History section of your resume, as outlined in our post “How to Write the Work History of Your Resume,” you are ready to write your Skills and Accomplishments section.

This section of your resume can best be thought of as the place for you to put all the other impressive stuff that you did not already mention in the Education or Work History sections. This includes awards or other distinctions. It also includes any skills that the employer will be looking for in a given position.

As with the Education and Work History sections, this section should separated visually from the other sections. Typically, it will fall somewhere after the Work History and Education sections, unless, of course, your skills and accomplishments are particularly more impressive. As with the other sections, you will use bullets to make these facts more readable.

Skills

Before you start to write this section, make a list of all your marketable skills. This may include software (MS Excel, Quickbooks, etc.), programming languages, foreign languages, trade skills (carpentry, plumbing, etc.), and more (public speaking, editing, market research, etc.).

Now, with this list in hand, consult the employer’s job description. Usually they will include a list of skills they’re looking for. This will tell you which of your skills you want to make sure you include in your Skills and Accomplishments section.

For example, if you are adept in market research, MS Excel, Spanish, carpentry, and horseback riding, and you are applying for a International Marketing position in South America, you’ll probably will leave out the carpentry and horseback riding and highlight the other stuff.

This is also the place to note any licenses or certificates you hold which would be relevant to the position you’re applying for.

Accomplishments

You may have earned certain awards and honors during your education and career. If you have, you want to include them here. Employee of the Month, sales awards, industry recognitions, and other awards and honors are appropriate here.

Some Examples

Now that we’ve walked through the details of the Skills and Accomplishments section, here are some examples to inspire you as you write yours:

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