Self-taught skills are no less valuable than those learned on the job, as long as you can back them up. When these skills align with a job you’re interested in, it’s completely appropriate to include them on your resume. We’ll discuss how to add these skills and how to talk about them during the hiring process. Find out below!
Skills You’ve Put into Action
The easiest self-taught skills to add to your resume are those you have utilized. For example, if you started your own blog and learned how to use WordPress and successfully manage a blog on your own, you can include this in your resume if it correlates to the job you’re applying to.
To do this, add a short section that explains your role and how you utilized that skill. Break down your tasks and accomplishments. This demonstrates that you not only have the knowledge but that you put it into action and utilized it effectively.
Skills Not Yet Utilized
When you have taught yourself a certain skill and have yet to apply that skill in a professional setting, you can still include them on your resume, but the circumstances will be different. These skills should go in the “skills section” of your resume. You don’t have to break down your experience here, you can simply add the skill and show that you have acquired the knowledge.
How To Explain Them
When you’re brought in for an interview you may have to discuss these skills, and when you’re hired you may have to put these skills to work. Regardless, don’t feel intimidated acknowledging that they’re self-taught skills. Talk about what inspired you to pursue the knowledge or skill, and the ways that you’ve utilized them. This illustrates that you are a continuous learner and more often than not, give you an advantage.
What are some self-taught skills that you have utilized for a job? Comment below!