Skills are especially important when you are working in a role that requires you to oversee a great amount of work. But they are equally important in instances where you are working at the lowest tier of the hierarchy. Basically, you need to be skilled no matter which position you are working in.

If you are working at the top or middle of an organizational hierarchy, you may need an additional set of skills such as leadership abilities, and analytic capabilities.

It is no myth that the skills section in a resume is what makes a hiring manager decide that he or she wants to hire you – or not. Many people seem to think that the experience section is the most important one in a resume. Without a doubt, the experience section is important – but hiring managers are usually more focused on determining what a prospective employee has to offer in terms of competencies and abilities, as these will help them contribute to an organization in the long run.

If you are hoping to bag the job of your dreams, you must make sure that the skills section on your resume (and mention of skills and abilities on your cover letter) is well-placed. To see how you can write skills statements that are guaranteed to provide hiring managers with something to think about, have a look at the following samples:

Asset Protection Manager Skills and Abilities

• Highly experienced in achieving financial shortage goals, developing strong operational partnerships, and providing support on all shrinkage control areas.

• Demonstrated expertise in ensuring effective utilization of physical security controls to prevent and reduce inventory loss or shrinkage.

• Effectively able to direct and execute asset protection strategies to ensure that all asset protection goals are properly met.

• Deep insight into creating, developing and executing programs to assist in the prevention, detection, and resolution of both internal and external loss.

• Proven ability to ensure consistency in the operation of asset protection functions in assigned locations, through development of regulated means of communication.

• Track record of effectively identifying non-compliance, and enforcing policies, procedures, and guidelines set by the company.

• Qualified to take well-placed and appropriate actions to bring internal investigations to fruition.

• Competent in effectively communicating asset protection strategies to team members, aiming to reduce shrinkage.

• Proficient in detecting, deterring and investigating violations of company policies and criminal activities.

• Adept at effectively and efficiently managing facility operations and security resources within assigned areas.