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Hard skills you can include in your CV or resumé

Hard skills are specific, teachable skills that can be defined and measured. They may be contrasted with soft skills whichare less tangible and harder to quantify such as getting along with others, listening and engaging in small talk. To view a list of soft skills, see this page: Work experience.

Hard skills are specific, teachable skills that can be defined and measured. They may be contrasted with soft skills whichare less tangible and harder to quantify such as getting along with others, listening and engaging in small talk.To view a list of soft skills, see this page: Work experience.

Here are some hard skills you may have that you can mention on your CV:

  • Using word processors (e.g. Word)
  • Using spreadsheets (e.g. Excel)
  • Using database software (e.g. Access)
  • Using presentation software (e.g. Powerpoint)
  • Dictation
  • Bookkeeping
  • Accounting
  • Shorthand
  • Typing/Audio typing
  • Ability with mathes
  • Taking minutes
  • Familiarity with technical language (e.g. medical)
  • Copywriting (e.g. for websites)
  • Programming
  • Project management (e.g. Prince 2, Agile)
  • Social bookmarking
  • Awareness of the law in specific areas (e.g. HR)
  • Link building
  • Proofreading/editing
  • Event management
  • Creating internal newsletters
  • Maintaining company intranet
  • Managing company social media profiles
  • Programming
  • Graphic design
  • Use of Adobe software e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Use of online software e.g. Google Analytics, Majestic SEO
  • Familiarity with particular phone systems
  • Proficiency in a foreign language
  • The ability to operate certain machinery (e.g. fork lifts)



About the author

Jen Wiss-CarlineJen Wiss-Carline has been a Chartered Legal Executive for over 10 years. She is also a Digital Marketing Consultant with considerable experience across a wide range of industries. Previously, Jen has worked for two Nottingham recruitment agencies and has consulted extensively on recruitment, careers, staff management and training at Senior Management level.

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