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Past Achievements (can) = Future Failure

Henry: I was on another site and it stressed displaying "tasks" [on resumes and cover letters]. You stress "skills" and discourage listing "tasks". What gives?

If you are an inexperienced job seeker (a college student, recent graduate, or someone changing to a new field), it is my opinion that you are better off giving examples of your skills for one simple reason - skills are often transferable to different situations, whereas tasks are not.

For example, if you had a summer job working in a biology lab, your analytical and analysis skills may be similar to the skills needed in marketing, advertising, finance or administration. However, your tasks of running tests and documenting your experiments are specific to a science laboratory and most likely will not be seen as transferable.

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