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How to Describe Interpersonal Skills on a Resume
Communication, team-building and conflict-resolution skills are among the primary interpersonal skills employers often look for in employees. Showing that you have strengths in these interpersonal areas on your resume can separate you from other job candidates with similar technical backgrounds. The key to showing these interpersonal skills on the resume is to highlight examples of accomplishments using these skills.
Addressing Interpersonal Skills
You can address your interpersonal abilities in a summary of qualifications at the top of your resume, and when describing elements of your work history. For a job that required a lot of team-building, you might state, "Delivered timely, accurate and impacting work as part of a top-performing creative team." This statement in a job description shows that you understand the importance of the team and knew what you contributed to its success.
Communication skills are broad, so address your particular strengths as they relate to the job. For a sales position, you might state, "Built and maintained strong relationships with customers, resulting in a 90 percent retention rate." This example shows the use of communication skills in achieving quantified results.
For an assistant's job, you might note, "Consistently drafted clear, effective and technically correctly documents and memos for intra-office and external communication."
Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.