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You Got Skillz

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Thursday, November 11, 2010
Yes - Skills. They’re an important part of you as a prospective employee, and therefore an important part of your resume.

At the end of your resume you should always have a section on skills. What kind of skills are we talking about? Not ‘research skills’ or ‘organizational skills’ - you may have those and that’s important but everyone says they’ve got great organizational skills. Also, Microsoft Word is not a skill anymore. Only list Excel if you have expert knowledge of it.

We want to know specifics - do you know how to use NGP or VAN? Did you use Salsa or Convio to send email blasts? Did you manage the Google AdWord account for the campaign? These are the sorts of skills political employers are looking for and the kind they would love to see on your resume. Don’t lie and say you know how to use NGP when you don’t, but make sure you list these toolsets if you know them.

Check out our sample resumes online for examples and add your skills!

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