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Strengths and Graphs on a Resume

How to write a strengths section on a resume?

The strengths section is completely optional. After all, your strengths and personality traits should be obvious just from looking at your work history and hard skills. If don’t have enough space to include one more resume section, you can easily skip this one.

Yet, you might still want to include a strengths section to fight off applicant tracking systems, since it can be filled with as many relevant keywords as possible.

  • Start with the job advertisement. Carefully review it and make a list of core skills, knowledge and experiences. You’ll end up with a list of keywords with which you’ll want to populate your resume. See where the list you created overlaps with your own strengths and capabilities. List them on your resume.
  • Go beyond what’s expected. Now try to think of strengths you have but aren’t listed on the job advertisement that will make you a top candidate. The section should still be 75% about strengths from the job advertisement, but with 1 in 4 strengths you can be a bit more aspirational.

How to use graphs on a resume?

Using graphs or infographics on a resume is not a common practice. However, conveying certain type of information through a visually attractive graph can be a great way to make your resume stand out.

  • Graphs are not appropriate for every job. Using visually striking graphs on a resume is only appropriate if you’re applying for a creative position.
  • Only usable with certain types of information. Graphs will find themselves right at home in the skills section on your resume. Use them to depict the most relevant skills for your target position that you're the best at. For example, individual computer skills, language skills, or soft skills relevant to the position.
  • Short labels. For each of the graphs on a resume, keep the labels short and action-oriented.

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