There is very little chance that a hiring manager will not consider calling you in for an interview if he is impressed with the way you have highlighted your skills in a resume. On the other hand, if the skills section of your resume isn’t impressive, you may lose out on great opportunities even if you are the perfect candidate in all other ways.
Skills make up 75% of who we are as professionals. It is important for us to highlight them in our job application documents, especially in resumes. Since a resume provides a lot of leeway where articulating skills and qualifications is concerned, it is best to concentrate heavily on this part of the document. The best way to make your skills obvious is through well-written skills statements. Since you cannot simply say that you are skilled in a certain area, without providing some sort of solid information to back it up, it is important to know what the “solid information” entails. Looking through resume samples will help you gauge what other people write under the skills heading in a resume.
If you are unsure of what to write in the skills section of your resume, make a list of all the things that you can do, professionally speaking. Once you have these in front of you, it will be easier for you to put them in statements. A little like this:
• Hands-on experience in identifying patients to be transported through their papers and identification tags
• Effectively able to engage patients in conversation to help them deal with their fears during the transport process
• Highly skilled in handling both physically abled and patients with disabilities, by providing them with physical assistance in and out of wheelchairs and portable beds
• First-hand experience in providing patients with limited allowed information on what to expect during the procedures that they are scheduled for
• Proven ability to handle emergent situation mid transport, by providing first aid and CPR when required
• Track record of effectively and efficiently transporting patients to assigned destinations, while ensuring their wellbeing and safety
• Proficient in handling specimens such as blood samples and body fluids between laboratories and other facilities, in a safe manner
• Adept at ensuring that all transport equipment is cleaned and maintained on a regular basis, ensuring patient safety
• Competent in delivering clinical records, admission forms and charge cards to nursing units and ancillary departments, ensuring their safety and confidentiality on a constant basis