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Resume Tip Tuesday: How to Write the Perfect Skills Section

Posted September 03, 2013

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We all know that your most impressive attributes need to be at the top of your resume. After all, you only have a few seconds to impress. Your best skills and achievements should be easy-to-scan.

Steven Provenzano, CPRW/CEIP and author of 9 resume books, including Author: Top Secret Resumes & Cover Letters, gave us a really awesome resume tip that will make sure your best attributes are not buried in your resume. No more worrying! Take it from the expert:

You don’t need to label this 2-3 inch deep section “Profile” or “Skills,” but it’s comprised of 3-4 bulleted sentences that develop your essential skills and abilities relevant to the job you’re seeking right now. It is not a re-hash of your job history or education.

Rather, it’s the value of your job history, education, volunteer or military experience - positioned right after your name and a basic TITLE related to the type of work you’re seeking.

Keywords used in your Profile/Skill section can be as basic as sales, marketing, client relations, target marketing, project management, staff training, budget planning or forecasting.

Provenzano offers this example:

  • Skilled in sales, marketing and new business development, including full responsibility for account acquisition and management.
  • Proficient in total project management, from technical staff training to product design, development and rollout in major national markets.
  • Comprehensive experience in finance, accounting and C-level audits, including strategic planning, team training, quality control and client relations.

“The Skills section gives you total control over how you're perceived by employers. Without this section, you're basically a victim of your work experience and education, and what if your most recent experience isn't related to your current career goals?” Provenzano adds. Touché!”

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Ritika Trikha is passionate about scoping out top-notch job advice in the career-sphere to help you find a job you love. Ritika has 99 problems but an unhappy career isn’t one! She’s a writer and an optimist (and Jay Z’s No. 1 fan). When Ritika’s not writing stellar advice articles, she’s obsessing over social media. Connect with her via CareerBliss Tumblr, Pinterest and Google+! Contact Ritika at ritika.trikha@careerbliss.com.

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