Skills, Skills, Skills

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Written by CareerNet Nation

February 28, 2023

Resume Review for

CareerNet Nation Members

Companies seek specific skills when seeking new hires? No kidding.

This is not a new thing. It’s not even an old new thing. It’s always been a thing. How long?

Since forever.  

So why are there so many articles written about Skills these days?

We’d suggest the following:

Companies use ATS as a first line for recruiting. An ATS searches for key words on resumes – like specific skills words – when selecting you from the rest of the “Click-to-Apply” crowd.

  1. Most companies regard training skills as a hindrance to their immediate corporate goals and strategies.
  2. Most recruiters and HR people want to work with candidates that check their boxes and make them easy to place or recommend for a job.
  3. Hiring professionals who have the jobs you want see as many as 1,000 resumes for each job opening. The average is 250 resumes submitted for each job opening.
  4. The average time spent looking at each resume submitted for each job opening is 6-8 seconds.

Take a moment to ponder these concepts.

An ATS sees you as data points. Skills are important those data points.

We think all these trends are unfortunate, but until an applicant is contacted for an interview, the hiring professionals and their ATS sees your resume, and by extension, you as data.

What data points matter when applying for a job online?

Your location (by zip code), your experience, your skills.

Remember these points when formatting your resume. If you’d like some help, contact us by using the short form at the top of this article or by chat.

Embrace this new reality.

The new reality, we are here to help you with, doesn’t see past its ATS results. Or, in a nicer way, it sees where you live, your work experience, and your skills set. It may also see your education degree if you are less than 3 years from graduation. But your graduate status is easily overcome with Skills and experience.

Adopt the following attitude when making application to companies on-line:

“When you can’t beat’em, join’em” is something our parents’ generation used to say. We’d add a modest adjustment to that. “If you say it, mean it” when making updates to your resume and applying to ATS led HR departments.

The Real on Skills and You 

We’ve been skills champions for a more than decade now. Why? That’s because the CareerNet Companies main focus is one thing:  To improve companies one employee, one person at a time. That simple mantra was the genesis for CareerNet Nation.

So of course, we will have links to the CareerNet Nation learning platform which our members have access to which offers the skills courses and CareerNet Nation Certification that are are important to our company clients seeking to hire people like you. Theses skills are also important if you apply for jobs at other companies too.

We want you to succeed whether your next job comes with our companies or with another company.

But if you prefer to take courses from other sources with large advertising budgets. Do it. Updating your career skills section for your resume and career advancement is always a good thing.

Improving companies one person at a time takes a singular focus. That’s why our qualified candidates get offers and those that are struggling to get that next great job can find the resources here to up their game and profiles.

It takes some work, but not as much as you may think when you have the right career partner and the simple steps and path ways to get there.

CareerNet Nation’s Data and its Sources 

To be sure the pathway and courses are the right ones for candidates we had to actually set the path. We had to Walk the walk. We had to actually, do the work. But don’t worry, we love this work.

Our information comes from companies, organizations and governments we’ve worked with to find and train great candidates plus the 10’s of thousands of people we’ve trained and skills tested, plus the data that comes from our partners whose list of company client’s and skills tests administered is in the millions. It’s not survey data. Our data is real world, in the field, legit!

That makes a big difference.  It’s from this background that we are comfortable making a few immediate recommendations for that resume skills section we all struggle to fill in.

CareerNet Nation Skills Courses

A bit of self-serving copy….

So here are the skills based upon the tests our known companies and clients used most frequently in the last 6 months. The best part is we make available the actual courses used to train people who don’t achieve a passing score on their skills tests. Some we’ve created for these client companies. Some, we would recommend.

We make them available to you at a price that’s less than take out. Including CareerNet Nation Certification. It’s a great resume builder. Just register here for access. There is a free course too, to get you properly started.  Go create that skills and career plan that is your own. Or contact us via chat for Career Guidance. We’ll help you develop that career building plan. One that you can be confident in putting forward so you get that job or career you really want.

The Skills List 

If you have them, discuss them in your resume. If you don’t have them, now you can learn them. One last bit, If you decide to click on a link and you haven’t registered with us yet, you’ll be asked to do so.

In no particular order: 


Modern Communication Skills 



Motivation / Determination 

Sales Skills 

Project Management Skills 


Conclusion on Skills:

Ok, the next steps are in your hands. Companies are seeking leadership skills, you are seeking skills to put on a resume and ultimately skills for a job. A new and better job. We have examples of soft skills courses, we can help your skills communication or “How to communicate your skills” in an interview, or on your resume skills list.

The CareerNet Companies have been training people and creating course for employees for decades. We’ve even trained a national workforce in skills for jobs and skills for leadership.

So, we feel comfortable calling ourselves experts in Skills.

CareerNet Nation, we have your back. We succeed when you succeed. Have a great day!

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