Some skills are inherent in people. Others need to be developed.
But no matter what your skills are, or which way you acquired or developed them, they have to be mentioned on resumes.
This way, a hiring manager gets to know what your capabilities are, and how you can use them to benefit a company. The good thing about resumes is that they provide a lot of leeway to applicants, where information is concerned.
However, putting skills information on a resume is not an easy thing. There is always a problem of identifying skills, and even if you have defined them successfully, you may have trouble writing them on your resume.
How would you go about it?
The best way to develop a skills section is by making sure that you put your skills in a bullet form.
By doing this, you can easily articulate what your capabilities are, and how you can put them on your resume.
The trouble with most skills statements is that they do not say much. For instance, you cannot just write “I am skilled in teaching.”
If you do this, you are essentially telling a hiring manager that you can articulate only a little bit. But since this is not what the hiring manager wants, you have to make sure that you give him or her what they want.
Here are some sample skills statements for a professor position:
Professor Skills for Resume
• Experienced in teaching courses, and supervising internships, by engaging in service activities, including curriculum development.
• Demonstrated expertise in handling the recruitment, advisement, and retention of culturally and linguistically diverse student population.
• Effectively able to teach a wide variety of courses, ranging from introductory to upper-division courses.
• Deeply familiar with working with students, aiming to increase their knowledge of subject matters, and improve skills.
• Competent in planning lessons and assignments, and working with other professors to develop and modify curriculum for the certificate, and degree programs.
• Qualified to assess students’ progress, by grading papers and exams, and providing them with feedback for improvement purposes.
• Proven ability to provide advice to students, regarding which classes and courses to take up, based on their individual strengths and limitations.
• Track record of publishing original research and analysis in books and journals.
• Focused on ensuring that all assigned students are properly coached in their chosen courses.
• Exceptionally talented in conducting research and experiments, with the aim of advancing knowledge in specified fields.