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Management Skills that make a Resume look Impressive

As a job seeker, it is so tempting to flood your resume with all the soft skills known to man in your quest to appear credible. However, employers have come to realize that candidates with those kinds of resumes rarely ever exhibit the skills they claim to possess. It is super easy to say that you “have awesome leadership skills, are great at collaboration, and work well in a team” but can you truly deliver these proclaimed abilities when needed? That is what employers want to know. In this article, we will be showing you the management skills that top the wanted list, and how to present them in your resume to convince your potential employer that you can deliver.

What are Management Skills?

Management skills are traits and abilities that enable a person efficiently plan, organize and oversee projects and people. These skills can be soft skills or hard skills.

Soft management skills include organizational skills, communication skills, time management, and interpersonal relations skills. Technical skills that count as hard management skills include public speaking ability, coaching ability, negotiation skills, and industry-specific insight into the use of relevant tools and equipment.

There are five main categories of management skills employers want to see in a job seeker’s resume.

They Include:

1. Planning Skills

Employers are always on the hunt for job seekers with great planning skills. To showcase that you have efficient planning skills, you should highlight that you are great at research, forecasting, strategic thinking and planning, scheduling, business administration, and project management.

2. Organization Skills

Skills that project to your employer that you would be an asset in his company with regards to organizational ability include:

  • Time management skills
  • Multi-tasking ability
  • Networking skills

3. Communication Skills

The best managers maintain the title by being great communicators. A good manager should be able to give instructions to their team members in a way that makes them obey, without barking orders. Good managers are also great at persuasion and are terrific listeners. Skills that prove to your employer that you can be all these include:

  • Public speaking skills.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication skills.
  • Behavior and body language interpretation skills
  • Active Listening skills
  • Teamwork ability and great collaboration skills.

4. Leadership Skills

Employers are looking to hire managers who will not only be strict bosses, but also great leaders. A good leader should be able to delegate duties effectively, ensure employees’ productivity and maintain a healthy work environment. He is supportive, calm-tempered, and doubles as a guidance counselor and coach when necessary. Skills that prove you can be a great leader include:

  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Conflict management and resolution skills.
  • Mediation and motivational skills.
  • Coaching and mentorship ability.
  • Administrative skills

5. Analytical Skills

A manager is always on the lookout to prevent conflict between team members, and secure the best business deals for his company. To do this effectively he needs analytical skills. Showcasing these analytical skills on your resume will convince any employer that you are the best fit for his company. They include:

  • Note-taking and report-making skills.
  • Presentation skills
  • Marketing and negotiation skills.
  • Troubleshooting skills.
  • Evaluation skills.
  • Hiring and recruitment skills

How to Present Management Skills in Your Resume

Listing the most wanted management skills on your resume is not enough to convince an employer that you can deliver. Recruiters prefer the show and tell approach instead. Here’s how you can employ this approach to make your resume stand out.

1. Highlight only the particular skills relevant to the specific company and job position

Every recruiter has a specific set of management skills he would like to see in a potential employee. You can discover these skills by reading through the job requirements contained in the job description carefully. You should also conduct further research on the company, to see what its goals, visions, and objectives are. What the company is most known for will also give you an insight into what they may expect to see in their employees. Is the company celebrated for its great customer relation skills and ability to deliver quality work in record time? Then you know that time management skills, interpersonal relationship skills, empathy, and active listening skills should stand out in your resume for the job application.

2. Show off how these skills came in handy in achieving past successes.

It is not enough to tell a prospective employer that you are “result-driven and pay attention to details” he wants to see evidence too. Including past achievements and accomplishments in your resume, can help with that.

For example, when you say “my team and I were able to increase the company’s revenue by 35% in my first year”, the employer can deduce that you are a goal-getter and work well in a team. If you say “the company experienced a boost in work productivity with sales increasing up to 4 times the usual returns during my stay”, your potential employer can tell that your empathy, negation, and conflict resolution skills are top-notch and credible. When you showcase that you grew from an entry-level position in your former company to a senior executive position, it gives the impression that you are a fast learner and have great networking skills.

Practice doing this when you go for an interview as well.

Bonus: Tips for Anger Management

A must-have trait for every worker regardless of level (entry-level staff or senior executive), is tolerance, patience, and rational thinking. All these are hard traits to build if you have a quick temper. It is even harder to be a great leader and a commendable manager if you are easily irritated and quick to react. Only a leader who has his temper under control will be able to resolve conflicts amicably.

In this section, I’ll be sharing tips for anger management as a bonus addition to management skills that are a necessity to be a great leader.

1. Reflect on your thoughts before you make them words.

In other words, think now, speak later. When someone says or does something that offends us, it can be tempting to just lash out at them. However, doing that only aggravates the situation. Especially if you are in a position of authority such as the team leader or project manager, continuously lashing at your team whenever you get upset will strain the relationship you have with them. It may also chip away at their self-esteem and negatively impact their work productivity.

2. Never react in the heat of the moment.

It is common knowledge that anger can inspire rash decisions that you may regret later, such as firing a great employee because he spoke rudely to you. At the moment when you are boiling with rage, it is best to refrain from making any decisions or powerful statements, till you have your temper under control.

3. Exercise to let off pent-up steam.

Sometimes, managers flare up at subordinate staff because the pressure they are under has increased their stress levels. If you find yourself in such a situation, carrying out some physical activity can help you relax. It may help to always have a stress ball at your desk for this reason.

Common physical activities that help relieve stress include jogging, riding a bike, or swimming. Creating structures with some building blocks or painting also helps. Sarah says cooking and cleaning are her favorite things to do to relieve stress.

Everyone has different things they do to cope with stress – as long as it is not a threat to your health (like drinking alcohol), feel free to indulge in it to release pent-up steam when you are upset.

4. Take a quick break

Sometimes all you need to ease off stress is time off work. When you are angry and upset, it helps to take a break from your current activity, to observe some quiet time, take a long walk, or a quick nap. Going on a walk, or observing some quiet time with nature, sets the ambiance for you to reflect on the situation and come up with ways to solve it, quicker.

5. Focus on seeking solutions not escalating the problem

When in the heat of the moment after an argument with a coworker, superior, or friend, it is easy to dwell on it. However, focusing on a conflict wouldn’t help resolve it – instead focus on seeking a solution.

6. Maintain an even tone in communication.

An angry mind is often great at apportioning blame and pointing accusing fingers at others. However, this often results in an escalation of the matter. When you confront the person who made you upset, maintain an even tone throughout the conversation, and don’t raise your voice. Try to be more assertive and use expressions like, “I am not happy that you submitted the report later than you were supposed to without proper explanation’ instead of “you never deliver your work on time and it infuriates me”.

7. Forgive wholeheartedly

When you have reflected on your thoughts and actions, if you realize that you were at fault, render apologies accordingly. However, if the other party is to blame, accept their apology and forgive wholeheartedly. If an apology is not rendered, remind yourself that we are all human and no one is without flaws, and forgive all the same. Bearing a grudge will only weigh your mind down and reduce your productivity levels.

8. Seek therapy

If you notice that you cannot control your anger by yourself anymore, seek professional help. Therapists are trained to support you with their expertise till you become the best version of yourself once again.


Employers want to be assured that you will be an asset to the company and not a liability. Acquiring the relevant management skills stated, and properly showcasing them in your resume will convince them that you are not just an asset, but a high-value one. I hope this helps.

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