What are essential skills?

Essential skills are a combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, character or personality traits, attitudes, career attributes, social intelligence, and emotional intelligence quotients, among others, that enable people to navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals with complementing technical skills. Essential skills can also be referred to as "core competencies" or "core skills." 

The key differences between technical and essential skills are how they are learned and used in the workplace. Essential skills are more often seen as personality traits you may have spent your whole life developing. Whereas, technical skills are often gained through education or specific training. They include competencies like how to use a certain machine, software, or another tool. 

Check out this article to learn more about competencies! 

The best way to showcase your essential skills on a resume is by using strong action verbs! Here is a list of strong action verbs you can use:

Accommodated Focused Managed Conflict Recommended
Adapted Improved Navigated Remained Flexible
Adjusted Improvised Overhauled Transformed
Embraced Changes Innovated Pivoted
Experimented Integrated Prioritized
Career Management
Championed Facilitated Interned Promoted
Developed Founded Investigated Transformed
Examined Furthered Learned
Expanded Improved Mastered
Explored Inspected Pioneered
Critical Thinking
Analyzed Customized Innovated Restructured
Assembled Devised Investigated  Revamped
Assessed Discovered Mapped Revitalized
Audited Evaluated Merged Simplified
Brainstormed Examined Modified Solved
Calculated Explored Overhauled Streamlined
Clarified Identified Refocused
Created Improvised Remodeled
Accepted Constructive Criticism Adjusted Received Feedback Self Reflected
Accepted Responsibility Committed Respected Took Direction
Adapted Learned Responded to Input Took Ownership
Authored Critiqued Illustrated Provided Feedback
Briefed Defined Informed Publicized
Campaigned Documented Instructed Reviewed
Clarified Edited Interpreted Spoke
Co-authored Engaged Listened Summarized
Collaborated Enlivened Lobbied Taught
Composed Facilitated Performed Wrote
Conveyed Gathered Persuaded
Convinced Identified Presented
Corresponded Ignited Promoted
Digital Technology
Analyzed Compiled Designed Programmed
Coded Computed Developed Tested
Accommodated Guided Mentored Supported
Cared Helped Perceived Sympathized
Considered Incorporated Related Taught
Empathized Listened Respected Understood
Administered Developed Formulated Launched
Built Devised Founded Piloted
Charted Engineered Initiated Pioneered
Conceived Established Innovated Spearheaded
Created Forged Instituted Transformed
Designed Formed Introduced Upgraded
Advocated Empowered Led Planned
Chaired Executed Managed Spearheaded
Coached Facilitated Mentored Supervised
Coordinated Guided Motivated Taught
Delegated Headed Orchestrated Trained
Deployed Influenced Organized Transformed
Developed Launched Oversaw Unified
Multi-Cultural Fluency
Articulated Bridged Communicated Interpreted
People Management
Advised Delegated Informed Oversaw
Advocated Deployed Led Persuaded
Built Relationship(s) Developed Listened Resolved
Coached Directed Managed Supervised
Collaborated Educated Mentored Trained
Communicated Fostered Mobilized Unified
Consulted Galvanized Networked
Coordinated Influenced Orchestrated 
Committed Found Solutions Negotiated Standardized
Communicated Inspected Respected Succeeded
Considered Learned Scrutinized Surpassed
Dedicated Managed Expectations Showcased Verified
Ensured Monitored Simplified
Adapted Grew Reached Revamped
Boosted Improvised Recovered Saved
Changed Integrated Redesigned Strengthened
Converted Learned Refined Succeeded
Coped Merged Remodeled Surpassed
Customized Overcame Reorganized Updated
Earned Overhauled Restructured Upgraded
Aligned Directed Guided Participated
Assisted Enabled Harmonized Partnered
Collaborated Encouraged Incorporated Shaped
Contributed Exchanged Ideas Inspired Supported
Cooperated Facilitated Mentored Teamed
Coordinated Fostered Mobilized Unified
Cultivated Gathered Motivated United
Time Management
Achieved Expedited Organized Scheduled
Assessed Managed Competing Priorities Outsourced Set goals
Delegated Met deadlines Planned Strategized
Estimated Multi-tasked Prioritized
Evaluated Optimized Responded                

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