5 Skills That Aren't On Your Resume But Will Turn Your Boss Into Your Biggest Fan

by Placerville Newswire / May 04, 2016 / comments

[by J. Maureen Henderson] Simply put, there are skills that can’t be summed up on a resume that make you a truly stellar employee.

You highlight your leadership skills. And, of course, you can’t forget your stellar communication (interpersonal and multimedia). Definitely drop in a mention of all that cross-functional team experience and an example of when you “went above and beyond your job description.” A few more tweaks (action verbs, always action verbs) and you’re more or less satisfied that your resume will pass muster. Of course, as any applicant who tries to paper over a gap in employment history or any hiring manager who has seen a bullet list of accomplishments that might as well have been penned by Pinocchio could attest, one’s resume doesn’t tell the whole story. While a written account of your past performance can leave off a multitude of sins, it can also be an inadequate vehicle to capture some of your best traits. Simply put, there are skills that can’t be summed up on a resume that make you a truly stellar employee. If you possess any of following qualities, you’re a gem of a hire:

Fearless about conflict

Not many of us boast a love for interpersonal conflict and those who do can manage to find a suitable home in the realms of politics and reality TV. You don’t have to crave conflict to be good at handling it and those who can handle it with aplomb — unafraid of playing devil’s advocate or bad cop, canny about choosing their battles, able to suss out when it’s constructive to encourage disagreement — stand out from colleagues who are consensus-minded at all costs. Not shrinking back from conflict and not carrying a grudge over it is a great skill to have at your disposal.

Good at getting people to do things

We’ve all worked for bosses who are treated more like toddlers than leaders. It’s only their job title that prompts people to pay attention to what they say and even then, it’s only to figure out how serious their latest flight of fancy should be taken. You’re exactly the opposite. You might not have a nameplate on your door (or a door at all), but when you talk, other people listen. You inspire confidence in what you’re saying and when you give a direction, it gets done. People who can rally others to their vision and can step up to informally steer groups that would otherwise be mired in aimlessness are an asset to any team.

Can summarize effectively

Can you write a succinct email that articulates the facts of a situation with no fat? Can you deliver the precise amount of information the CEO needs to make a decision without swamping her with extraneous details. Can you sit through a meandering meeting and provide a 45-second recap that allows everyone present to clearly understand what was decided. We’re deluged with information on a daily basis. If you’re able to keep from drowning and throw others the life preserver they need, you’ll be in high demand.

Able to separate yourself from your work

In an era of sneaky companies trumpeting amorphous work-life “blend” over balance, being able to draw a clear line between you the person and you the employee is admirable. You are not your job and your ability to see that helps to make you a more flexible and risk tolerant person. If your pristine copy ends up being inelegantly optimized for SEO or your beautiful ad concept now features 25% more cleavage than the original mock-ups, you don’t take it personally. You’re able to separate the work you produce from your identity and your talent and understand when it makes sense to fight for your vision and when you should simply shrug your shoulders and accept that trade-offs have to be made. Your artistic ego doesn’t always demand appeasement and that wins you plenty of admirers.

Know how to triage like a boss

If you have four things to do, are you intuitively able to figure out the order in which they should be attacked? Believe it or not, that makes you a pretty rare breed. Rooted in both good judgment and strong time management, the ability to see implicit hierarchies within tasks and allocate your efforts accordingly is a valuable if uncommon attribute. It means you can be relied upon not only to get things done, but to get the right thing done at the right time.

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