Six skills you need on your resume

Six skills you need on your resume

Make recruiters notice you! Your postgraduate studies equips you with many necessary soft skills that can elevate any CV. These are our top 6 picks for soft skills that you need to pay attention to!

Research shows 64% of hirers agree that job seekers who display strong soft skills are more likely to land a position. Problem solving, teamwork, communication, adaptability, critical thinking and time management recently topped the Hays list of the most in-demand soft skills.  

Discover how a postgraduate degree at RMIT can give you, and your resume, the most sought-after soft skills.  

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#1 Problem solving

Problem solving mitigates risks, breeds innovation and paves the way for continuous improvement. “Organisations need people who can creatively approach problems and tasks across all business roles, from software engineering to HR. Focus on honing your ability to bring new ideas to the table,” said LinkedIn Learning Asia-Pacific's Senior Director, Jason Laufer.

All master’s degrees at RMIT offer work-integrated learning (WIL) courses where students have the chance to solve real-world problems through industry projects and touch upon on tomorrow’s greatest challenges. 

#2 Teamwork

SEEK research has found that 32% of employers regard teamwork and collaboration as one of the top three skills in demand by industry.  Working with your colleagues to reach a common goal is more successful when you know how to recognise each other’s strengths and communicate well.

Group discussions and assignments are equally an integral part of the study experience at RMIT. Students learn to collaborate effectively and work alongside people from different backgrounds and cultures.  

#3 Communication

Communication is ranked as the most important soft skill for a resume in today’s market, with 13% of employers surveyed by SEEK placing it as the top skill in demand, and 36% including it in their top three. Strong verbal and written communication skills help you when applying for jobs, listening to others, explaining ideas and raising issues.

Together with the no. 1 and 2 skills, communication is developed throughout all class activities. In the international environment, your verbal and written English skills will grow tremendously before you even notice it!

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#4 Adaptability

In a world where technology and global circumstances are rapidly changing, having adaptability and resilience listed as skill in your resume can help you stand out in the job market.

If you want to embrace information technology in your career development, the Master of Artificial Intelligence and Master of Cyber Security give you the expertise needed to be in the forefront of the digital transformation era. For those who build on their business background, the Innovation and Technology minor offered in the MBA program is also a good choice.

#5 Critical thinking

Critical thinking involves solving problems and making informed decisions by reviewing all the available information.

Critical thinking can be nurtured in the times you perform data analysis, plan strategies based on data interpretation, or communicate a complex solution in layman’s terms when working on coursework and assignments.

#6 Time management

Knowing how to prioritise your workload in alignment with business goals and being adaptable to changes in priorities are two key components of time management.

Taking a master’s degree when working could be a challenge as you have professional and personal commitments to meet. Yet, while juggling between work, study and life, you learn how to manage time effectively, which can be helpful even after graduation and you go to take on new responsibilities.


  • Burgess, Melanie. “The skills employers want most and how to prove you have them”. Herald Sun. 13 September 2021.
  • Hays. “7 job-ready soft skills you need today”.
  • SEEK. “How to talk up your soft skills when you apply for a job”.


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