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7 Tech Skills You Should Put on Your Resume

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With technology becoming an increasingly important part of the workplace, it is critical that job seekers show off these skills to potential employers. While most résumés are filled with skills like proficiency in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, today's hiring managers are looking for much more. From creating pivot tables to designing Web applications, technology skills have become a critical component of any résumé.  Here are the seven tech skills that hiring experts say employers are looking for most on a résumé.

With more and more businesses choosing social media to communicate with their customers, those with knowledge of the various channels should make that known on their résumés, said Amanda Augustine, a job-search expert for the online job-matching service TheLadders.

"If you're well-versed in Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and other social media channels, include these among your skill set in your résumé," Augustine told BusinessNewsDaily. "These are increasingly important, especially if you're planning to work in marketing, online publishing or public relations."

Ian Aronovich, president and co-founder of 
GovernmentAuctions.org, said job seekers don't have to be applying to an IT position to utilize HTML.

"Today, everything is online," Aronovich said. "What was once a very specific set of skills
 reserved for programmers and developers of the trade should now be common
knowledge for job seekers today."

One of the hottest commodities all types of businesses are looking for today is a proficiency in analytics, said Sandi Webster, a principal of marketing and analytics management consulting firm Consultants 2 Go.

"When we look at marketing résumés, it gives the consultant an edge if they have analytics or complementary skill sets," Webster said. "Every type of project that we supply needs someone with an analytic mind-set, and it adds value to our candidates."

T.C. Whittaker, president and CEO of staffing firm 3P Technology Staffing, said that although a skill like Microsoft Excel used to be something hiring managers were interested in, they now want to see how employees are taking those abilities to the next level by manipulating that data to create pivot tables.

"Candidates should attach those skills to problems they solved or
 efficiencies they created," Whittaker said. "That's the differentiator, because it tells a

Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of FlexJobs, said that with more and more employees working outside the office, it is becoming vitally important that job candidates include their proficiency in virtual communication, either via video conferencing or instant messaging.

"I want to know what sorts of video-conferencing software they've
used before and whether they're comfortable using instant messaging and
message boards to communicate with co-workers and managers," Fell said. "Job seekers should consider listing any programs they've used
for communicating virtually on their résumé, such as Skype, Instant
Messenger, Join.Me, GoToMeeting, Yammer, Dropbox, Pivotal Tracker, Nimble,
 and even Google Hangouts and Google Drive."

Lee Evans, CEO of the career advice and employment site Free-Job-Search-Websites.com, said that without a doubt, mobile development capabilities are — and will continue to be — the most in-demand tech skills in the global marketplace.

"With the sale of mobile devices to exceed 1.9 billion this year, iOS and Android developers are in the forefront of the hiring market," Evans said. "The global love affair with personal cellphones will keep these mobile developers employed at their will."

Being able to develop database-backed Web applications using Ruby on Rails is becoming increasingly important to many employers, said Jeanine Swatton, a software
product manager and iOS engineer at AVer Information.

"There is such a shortage of software engineers in terms of
iOS development, but primarily Ruby on Rails developers," Swatton said. "Startups are focusing more on using this framework to launch their 

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer who has nearly 15 years' experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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