Management skills are in high demand across a wide array of job titles and career paths, a LiveCareer analysis of recent job postings found. Job seekers should highlight their experience hiring and training new employees; drafting budgets; and managing diverse projects to catch a hiring manager's attention and land a job in 2021.
You'll find managers in every career field, which makes management skills particularly desirable and transferable to other jobs and industries.
The list below covers the personal traits mentioned most frequently in the job ads analyzed by LiveCareer and explains how you can incorporate them into your resume and cover letter.
Key management skills to highlight on your resume
Job seekers who've been considering a career change have a better chance of making a seamless transition by highlighting management skills on their resume. Here are four skills that will help you make the jump.
As you work your way up the career ladder, you will be tasked with training new hires. Make sure you don't overlook this experience when you're writing your resume. Mention the number of colleagues you trained, and whether you took on a more active role in their professional development with mentorship or coaching.
Most managers have experience tracking income and expenses. Reflect on your budgeting experience. Whether you priced out a freelance project while running your own business or took charge over the financial side of a project for your employer, you should add a line to your resume about the money you oversaw and in what context.
To oversee a budget, you must have good strategic planning skills. Tell a story in your cover letter about directing a project in which you set priorities, focused your resources, managed a team and met deadlines. Stress the results. Employers want to know what you can do.
This is an important part of any successful career. Employees on the management track must be able to cultivate relationships at every level of an organization. You can spell this out in your resume by mentioning the senior executives and diverse array of departments you worked with as you helped your company meet its goals.
3 tips for highlighting management skills on your resume
- Identify and list the soft and hard skills in which you excelled in your previous positions.
- Examine job descriptions for the position you're seeking to see where your skill set overlaps. In the process, you may notice skills you should add to your initial list.
- Highlight those skills on your resume and cover letter using the exact wording that appears in the job description.