Resume Building Skills

If you’re looking for a non-academic career, consider how to capitalize on the skills you’ve developed as a graduate student—studying and mastering course content, setting up laboratory experiments and conducting research, preparing lectures and teaching classes, or writing a dissertation, papers and articles. Below is a list of academic skills that appeal to non-academic employers. Consider how to use them to describe skills relevant to the types of jobs you’re seeking and use them in your resume and job application letters.

  • Perseverance 
  • Discerns degree of importance in a large body of information
  • Critically evaluates/analyzes/synthesizes information
  • Adaptable
  • Expert learner
  • Maintains confidentiality with sensitive information
  • Applies theoretical knowledge
  • Tolerates uncertainty
  • Organizes large amounts of information logically
  • Demonstrates patience
  • Respects and maintains confidentiality
  • Accountable
  • Engages students by presenting well-organized material in an understandable format
  • Compares/contrasts theories and ideas
  • Works independently
  • Expresses oneself clearly and effectively when speaking and/or writing to individuals or groups
  • Builds constructive working relationships
  • Manages data 
  • Understands multiple cultures (i.e. academic, administrative) and is able to work across boundaries
  • Creates and maintains well organized systems
  • Conceptualizes a research design
  • Structures and directs others' work on projects 
  • Finds and digests relevant information
  • Collaborates with team members
  • Modifies and adapts to accommodate changing circumstances
  • Manages multiple priorities
  • Partners with others to identify and resolve sensitive issues
  • Take and gives constructive feedback
  • Fosters student learning and development
  • Generates original ideas and develops creative approaches
  • Acquired technical laboratory skills
  • Summarizes information, identifies key points
  • Sets goals and objectives
  • Adapts presentations to the needs of a listening audience
  • Anticipates questions
  • Uses media effectively in presentations
  • Motivates others
  • Identifies priorities/meets goals
  • Exercises patience
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm
  • Interprets data
  • Manages the flow of ideas
  • Understands and meets the needs of a reading audience
  • Manages time
  • Designs documents
  • Translates strategies into step-by-step plans
  • Manages groups effectively
  • Works well as a member of a team
  • Inspires others through energy, enthusiasm, and optimism
  • Demonstrates passion, enthusiasm and excitement about ideas