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Forget all the myths you have heard about résumés and the job search process — familiarity with the newest technologies has become the most important skill job seekers can possess.
"Technical skills are important for today’s job seekers to have on their résumé because it can drastically reduce training costs associated with the new hire," said Edward McGoldrick, founder of Resume Professors. "Hiring companies prefer to recruit candidates that best fit the job description, which includes having technical skills listed on the résumé. Also, depending on the particular technical skills required for a particular position, it may be the difference between being qualified and not qualified. So, by adding technical skills to your résumé, you significantly increase your chances for a call back or interview."
However, as technologies constantly evolve, job candidates are often left wondering which skills can improve their chances of getting a job. With that in mind, here are the top tech skills hiring experts are looking for on the résumés of potential new employees.
List the social media platforms you have working knowledge of — and any systems you've used to manage these channels, such as TweetDeck or Hootsuite. Don't let an employer assume you're not tech-savvy — itemize your know-how by platform. If you're new to the workforce, don't assume a prospective employer is aware of your social media savvy. This becomes even more essential if you're targeting positions in marketing, mobile-product development or others that require you to work on various social media platforms. — Amanda Augustine, job search expert for TheLadders
Know how to code
If they haven't already, more and more companies are embracing Agile for project management due to its encouragement of a more collaborative, flexible process and its ability to help manage unpredictable changes to hopefully lead to a better end product. (Agile methodology is an alternative to traditional software development methods where tasks are broken down into smaller and easier to manage tasks.) – Tracy Cashman, partner and general manager in the information technology search division at WinterWyman
While specific technology skills like HTML, Drupal, Java, Ruby on Rails, SEO, SEM, ORM are extremely valuable and appealing on a resume, I want to find the job seeker who has listed a few technologies I'm only vaguely familiar with or have never heard of. The technology landscape is constantly changing and I'm looking for someone who is ahead of the curve, not just adapting to new technologies, but driving the innovation. Seeing that distinction on a resume moves a candidate from just another piece of paper on my desk or email in my inbox, to a first-round interview. — Jessica Bayer, senior director of talent acquisition and management at Qorvis Communications
Structured query language SQL
SQL is a highly sought-after technical skill due to its ability to work with nearly all databases. Every company today that gathers data needs somebody who is able to utilize SQL to quickly pull out key data components and generate reports that aid the decision- making process.– Ibro Palic, CEO of Resume Templates for Mac
Someone with knowledge in technology and is also a good writer. At least for our business, messages between suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and the end user all happen in the written word online via emails, press releases, Web pages, articles, PDFs, manuals, etc. Having someone with a gift for written communication while understanding the technology is crucial. – Cameron Postelwait, marketing director at Sewell Direct