15 Apr

List of Writing Skills for Resumes


  • Basic Writing Skills. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, clarity, brevity, engagement, proofreading, revising.
  • Professional Writing Skills. Note taking, letter writing, email writing, MS Office, business writing, written communication skills.
  • Business Writing Skills. Report writing, business case writing, press release writing, newsletter writing, analysis, research, content management.
  • Technical Writing Skills. Analysis, planning, data visualization, feedback gathering, preparing documents, product knowledge, research, collaboration.
  • Creative Writing. Writing novels, writing short stories, plotting, worldbuilding, creating characters, writing dialogue, humor, drama, action.
  • College Writing Skills, aka academic writing skills. Exposition, persuasion, description, narration, essay writing, thesis writing, creative writing.
  • Foreign Language Writing Skills. Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, foreign business writing, fluency.
  • Copywriter Skills. Content writing, blog writing, SEO, sales writing, research, marketing, empathy, product knowledge.
  • Content Writing. Research, SEO, focus, meeting deadlines, editing, proofreading, engagement, adaptability, organization, communication.
  • Editing. Copy editing, online editing, final manuscript production, typesetting,
  • Grant Writing Skills. Organization, persuasion, research, persistence, empathy, subject knowledge, creativity, attention to detail, storytelling.
  • Emails Writing Skills. Business emails, mail-merges, sales emails, folders, rules, filters, brevity, precision, proofreading, manners, consistency.
  • Blog Writing. Focus, brevity, simplicity, engagement, research, strong work ethic.
  • Report Writing. Sourcing, research, analysis, data visualization, interviewing, data management, MS Office, summarizing.
  • Media Writing. SEO, AP Style, grammar, punctuation, accuracy, clarity, objectivity, sourcing, interviewing, research, digital media writing, news writing.
  • Magazine Writing. Pitching, writing ledes, research, interviewing, outreach, structure, storytelling, writing heads and subheads, networking, feature writing.
  • Journalism. Interviewing, research, special knowledge, meeting deadlines, social media, sourcing, outreach, revising, analyzing, fact-checking.
  • Collaborative Writing Skills. Collaboration, Google Docs, Trello, Jira, MS Word, teamwork, editing.
  • Business Storytelling. Branding, sales, positivity, brevity, detail oriented, empathy, engagement, research, networking.
  • Proposal Writing. Development, empathy, organization, communication, basic writing, business writing.
  • Social Media Writing. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, accuracy, engagement, adaptability, humor, detail-oriented, writing calls-to-action.
  • Presentation Writing. PowerPoint, creativity, brevity, public speaking, sales.
  • Writing Computer Skills. MS Office, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, Content Management Systems, WordPress.
  • Writing Code. Java, Python, Swift, C, C++, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Ruby, Rust, Elixir.


The skills above are hard skills, a.k.a. writing technical skills.


But professional writers need other qualities too.


Here’s a list of writing soft skills for your resume:


Writing Soft Skills


  • Creativity
  • Persistence
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Patience
  • Detail Oriented
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Empathy
  • Time Management
  • Work Ethic
  • Organization
  • Perceptiveness

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