Becoming a recruiter’s favorite candidate is never easy. There are a million things that you need to do to earn his or her favor. One thing that is bound to bring results is providing information of your skills. A hiring manager who is given an entire list of the candidate’s skills in a plate, is a happy camper!
Failing to provide hiring managers with skills information is career suicide. Skills are the one thing that they actively look for in a resume – lack of a skills section can easily convert into lack of interest on the hiring manager’s part. Your skills are not for you to keep a secret – if you have a certain skills set, the world needs to know so that it can provide you with opportunities to use them in a professional sense. Skills are usually considered much more important than experience and accomplishments, because in order to achieve either of them, you have to possess a solid skills set.
Each position that you apply for will demand a different set of skills. If you are applying for a laborer position, a hiring manager will want to know if you are physically fit and possess construction knowledge. And if you are hoping to obtain a job as a financial analyst, the employer must be provided with detailed information on your analytic abilities and leadership skills.
For a school secretary position, the following list of skills should suffice:
• Proficient in implementing and maintaining all office and school record keeping systems, including comprehensive web-based student databases
• Highly efficient in developing and tracking records and reports related to incidents, accidents and average daily attendance
• Demonstrated ability to draft and type official letter to be sent to external agencies and parents
• Exceptional ability to efficiently and accurately compile reports such as student progress reports and teaching training outcomes
• Hands-on experience in answering routine correspondence for administrative purposes and providing administrative support to technical staff
• First-hand experience in acting as a first point of contact for queries from the public, including parents and prospective students
• Proven record of effectively establishing, maintaining and monitoring accurate, neat and efficient electronic and manual filing systems
• Track record of preparing accurate minutes of the academic and managerial meetings and appropriately filing them in a confidential manner
• Adept at gathering and preparing appropriate attendance and accounting information, and placing them in appropriate folders or files
• Competent in assisting teachers and administrators in creating teaching materials, and administering tests and exams
• Deep familiarity with handling student enrolling and discharging activities, including requesting information from previous schools