Forget About “Core Competencies” in a Resume

“Core Competencies”…what a crock!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a waitress, an administrative assistant, a nurse, a teacher, a sales executive, or a district manager – anyone can say they are “Self-Motivated”. Anyone can say they are “Goal Oriented” as well. In fact, most people do. Especially if they include a Core Competencies section in their resume.

This, to me, is a big waste. Yes, it includes keywords which can be scanned into HR software, but those keywords can also be inserted into the context of the resume with the same results and it doesn’t look as tacky. 90% of hiring managers will skip right past that section anyways. It’s fluff. It’s unnecessary.

Your experience, both work-related and academic, should say everything that needs to be said in your resume. And your accomplishments speak volumes. Let them do the talking!

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