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Your resume’s list of technical skills is among its most important features, so take the time to make it as effective as it can possibly be. After all, this is the place where you demonstrate the depth of your experience with the tools necessary to do a certain job. One of the most common mistakes tech professionals make is to include a laundry list of skills here. Instead, include only those where you have an intermediate to expert level of proficiency. Also, be sure to include any certifications you’ve earned. Including a section called “Technical Skills Highlights” is a good way to indicate that you have additional skills that may not be pertinent to a particular job, but are still impressive. But don’t include skills that are no longer commonly used. You may think they make you look seasoned, but more probably they’ll make it appear as if you don’t understand the job description.

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