10 Resume Skills From History Class Explained

Hey there, Friend! Welcome back! Today we are discussing what resume skills you learn from history class. This is only a short list and by no means a comprehensive one. 

I hope this helps you articulate what skills you have and that you land the job of your dreams! Let’s get started 🙂 

1). Research 

Research is one of the first things you learn to do in history class. You need to be able to decipher what is fact and what is fiction. You learn to differentiate between primary and secondary sources and discover where to look for them. 

Research is definitely a transferable skill for most jobs. You can look up information on companies that are your competition! 

2). Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is such an important skill to learn. Often, you will be presented with a set of facts and have to figure out what is true, how it applies to you, and how it affects the larger world. Critical thinking is crucial for success on the job market. 

3). Writing 

I won’t lie to you, you will have to write a lot in your history classes. But writing is arguably another one of those skills that is crucial to success. Writing is the key to communication in every job, whether that be emails, memos, or copy! 

Businesses will ALWAYS need people who can write, and write well. 

4). Problem-Solving

Problem-solving is another life skill that is just pretty useful to know. Knowing how to remain calm when things go wrong is so, so important. 

Try to think of creative and unique ways to approach the problem. This might help create the short-term or long-term solution that your company needs! 

5). Communication 

Communication is crucial for any job or business. You must be able to communicate with customers, coworkers, bosses, and more. History classes teach you how to have civil discussions with classmates and how to present your information in a clear way. Communication is KEY. 

6). Analysis

Analysis is another important skill to have. Being able to take data and interpret it is very important. Bonus points if you can take the data and make it into tables or graphs. Organizing spreadsheets is another important thing to do with data analysis. 

7). Organization

Organization is SO important. Often, you come up with your own way of organizing things and this skill is totally transferable to the work place. This can include keeping a calendar/planner, keeping your workspace clean, or helping reorganize an office space. Organization comes in many shapes and sizes. 

8). Time Management

Time management is also very important! You have to be able to keep up with meetings, appointments, assignments, larger projects, and anything else your company needs. Calendars and planners are a great tool to help you achieve time management. 

Time management also includes prioritizing tasks. You have to learn which tasks must be done first and which ones must be delegated if you can’t finish them alone. (Again, communication is key here.)

9). Debate/Forming an Argument  

History classes teach you how to debate with other people in a civil manner. This is important for being able to present your point of view later in life. 

You also learn how to form an argument. This skill can help you write and speak clearly on a variety of topics. 

10). Public Speaking 

Lastly, public speaking is a very important resume skill you can learn! Public speaking builds confidence and teaches you how to speak clearly. It also teaches you how to concisely present your point of view in an entertaining way. 

Concluding Thoughts

I hope these 10 resume skills help boost your resume! Make sure to check out my instagram page (@the_active_historian) to see a few more posts on resume skills from history class! Join in on the conversation there!

I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂 

Things to Include in Your CV

Hey there friend! So you need to write a CV? What even is a CV? Well – a CV is similar to a resume, but you list all of your academic and professional experiences. Unfortunately there isn’t really a set template on what to include and what not to include in your CV. I suggest looking on your university’s website to see if your professor’s CV is online. You can always make your document look similar to theirs.

Here is a list of the things I noticed most people included in their CVs. I hope it helps you! 🙂

Things to Include in Your CV

1. Education 

2. Relevant Work Experience in the Field 

3. Scholarships, Grants, & Awards

4. Conferences, Research Presentations, & Invited Lectures

5. Articles: peer reviewed & non-peer reviewed 

6. Media Appearances: interviews, radio, podcasts, television, documentaries, etc. 

7. Department, Professional, & Community Service

8. Professional Memberships & Organizations 

9. Languages: spoken, written, & reading knowledge 

10. Publications: books, essays, etc.

Concluding Thoughts

I hope this is helpful! Now go make a CV that will wow everyone! 

I’ll talk to ya soon! 🙂