“Toot your own horn with a skills based resume

If you have many years of client and business development I would suggest you use a chronological resume format or style. New to the job or role, I would recommend a functional or skills based resume format.

Here, an example of a skills based resume versus a traditional resume.

What Makes a Resume Effective?
An effective resume draws specific attention to your skills, rather than titles or degree information. Therefore a skills based resume is the best format for communicating relevant information to an employer.

skills based resume template - Parenting Skills:

On the last page we introduced . Here's more about writing a skill based resume.

I was recently on a discussion panel for job seekers with my colleague,@. A participant asked a question about resumes and like many recruiting types, Heather told the group that she does not like skill based resumes.

A skills based resume will focus and can be beneficial because it does a good job of highlighting skills even when you are changing careers.
It’s also a great choice in resume formats if you’ve been out of the workforce for some time. makes an argument in favor of Skills Based resumes. They say that funky experience on a chronological resume will turn off a potential employer. They give the example of Sharla who was a full time teacher doing part-time sales. Apparently, Sharla was hired at Microsoft through her skill based resumes. For the record, I don’t know Sharla. But, I am willing to bet that the recruiter needed to dig to find this information rather than clearly seeing on her resume that Sharla, “generated an income of $30,000 from part-time sales.” They also refer to people attempting a job change. But, a person doesn’t magically become qualified simply because they alter the format of their resume. Having unemployment gaps in a resume can discourage potential employers from following up about a position. But while it’s impossible to entirely leave out job history, switching to a skills based resume from a traditional resume format can help job seekers better highlight experiences and de-emphasize job gaps, says Maryanne Perrin, co-founder of Balancing Professionals, a placement and advisory firm in North Carolina. Ms. Perrin points out that creating a skills based resume and shifting away from a chronological format may be key to getting a foot in the door. Here, Ms. Perrin shares advice on how and why skills-based resumes can help with the search. So I was Jason’s Muse for this article And I have been watching the comments come in. Some great discussion. My 2 cents (or 3)…
Recruiters are hired to find the best talent – this is absolutely correct. We are also tasked to quickly assimilate information and make a decision between resume A and resume B. We recruiters are not all the same – but what do we all need to do? Determine which resumes we will send to our hiring managers.
I can quickly AND thoughtfully review a chronological resume and make an assesment on whether or not to move forward. With a skills based resume I DO review, but I find it extremely difficult to assimilate ones skills to my role. And I can try to make some assumptions and I can try to sell my manager on that candidate, but it is difficult to make an interview/screening decision based on assumptions. Do I take those risks? Yes. but would it be easier for me and the hiring manager to quickly review your chronological resume – YES.
Switching careers – Great, you can explain to me in a cover letter or objective statement how your relative skills fit this role? Can you explain to me your passion to move to a new career? I want to hear that. But then I also want to see what your job history looks like and then I can quickly translate your career to applicable experiences for the role.
I am opening up all these crazy resumes that take me up to 5 minutes to figure out – it shouldn’t take me that long. I should be able to quickly understand your skills and why you are qualified for the job – isn’t that the goal of a resume?
It may be that you have a few different resumes for different companies – but don’t understimate the value of a Chronological Resume.