One of the most common questions that professional resume writers field is, “What, really, are core competencies?” The simple answer to this question is that these are keywords that reflect your skills in the workplace; however, the long-form answer is a bit more complex.
Creating a Positive First Impression
The goal of any great resume is to achieve a strong marketing message, meaning that readers know exactly what you have to offer and what you are looking for without you having to implicitly state your goals in an objective (which is outdated, but that’s a topic for another post). Typically, readers will look at a resume for a mere 30 or so seconds before tossing it into the yes, no, or maybe pile, so it is crucial that your document does a great job of reeling readers in. Core competencies are a great way to catch the attention of potential employers, as they are easy to peruse and provide a quick and detailed outline of your most valuable professional skills.