Is it correct to use a dash as part of a list but to set aside/give emphasis to certain items oon the list.
e.g., "My relationship management and strategic analytical skills--along with my judgment, ability to put out fires--have contributed to my professional accomplishments."
Em-dashes are used to replace commas. By using an Em-dash instead of a comma, you are giving a greater emphasis to the pause the comma conveys.
If a comma does not fit grammatically, you cannot use the Em-dash.
In your sentence, the phrase -- along with my judgment, ability to put out fires -- is called a parenthetical phrase. In its simplest form, the parenthetical phrase is enclosed with commas. To give it greater emphasis (or to avoid confusion when the phrase itself contains commas), the parenthetical phrase is often enclosed with parenthetical marks (hence the name). For the greatest emphasis, an Em-dash may be used to surround the phrase. Your sentence does not--as presently structured--contain a list.
As a last point, the comma between judgment and ability is incorrect. The conjunction "and" is what you are looking for.
My relationship management and strategic analytical skills--along with my judgment and ability to put out fires--have contributed to my professional accomplishments.
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