In spin class this morning, about three quarters of the way in, the part of the class where you are slogging through and just feel like taking all the tension off your wheel and faking it for the rest of the class, our instructor was trying to fire us up to stay motivated. He said the usual things like, “this is your time” and “you get out of the class what you put in”, etc., but then he asked, “Do you know what you are good at?” Well that took me a little by surprise.

Seems like an obvious question, right?

So I thought about it. I went through my mental list and frankly, not a lot of professional attributes, or “hard skills” came to mind. As a journalism grad, besides the obvious writing and editing, my list felt pretty short. But as I thought more, I realized I have a lot of “mom-related” skills, such as:

  • Organized
  • Good listener
  • Problem solver
  • Multi-tasker

But when you’ve taken a break from work and are applying for jobs again, how do you put those things into a resumé so that someone hiring you takes notice? As I started to do a little research, it became apparent that employers are actually looking for these skills.

According to the website, these are considered “soft skills”, and often described as people or social skills linked to personal qualities that make up a person’s emotional intelligence.

According to the website, the 10 best soft skills to list on a resumé are:

  • Communication
  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Decision Making
  • Time Management
  • Self-motivation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership
  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity

Pretty much exactly the skills you learn as a mom. So don’t think those skills don’t have merit, list them and be proud of them, because they are hard to learn and helpful in pretty much any job outside your home you will have going forward.

In addition, “research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) shows that the key resumé skills employers favor in new college graduate applicants aren’t the technical types of skills for a resumé.

The most desirable skills for a resumé are leadership and the ability to work on a team, with 77.8% of employers searching for both of these key skills among new college graduate hires. Only 67.5% of employers will look for “technical skills.” “ –

So, my next question for you is, what are you good at? Pretty sure it is more than you think.

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