Today's recruiting process is rapidly evolving along with lightning fast changes in digital technologies such as smart phones and tablets, social media such as LinkedIn and Facebook, and internet communications such as Skype and Oovoo. In "Resumes for Dummies," Joyce Lain Kennedy helps resume writers navigate what she describes as "the mind-blowing burst of fresh digital ideas raining down," but emphasizes timeless resume success factors. Highlighting job skills, as well as experience, accomplishments and education, is as important in today's job search as it was to pre-digital and Internet technology job hunters.
Skills matching is part of customizing a resume to the particular employer and position targeted. It analyzes the job description and presents the candidate's job skills that match requirements of the job. If a job is described with main functions such as managing a staff of five, ability to meet financial budget goals, and working collaboratively with accounting and sales staff, candidate skills in the resume should match to get recruiters' attention and land an interview. Present skills such as collaborative work style, supervising small departments or teams and working knowledge of budgeting. Other skills that would match this job description are directing employee work, evaluating employee performance, planning budgets, budget reporting and working on interdepartmental teams.
Present verifiable skills in your resume so that there are no questions in the recruiter's mind about your capabilities for the position. Describe precisely how you've used the skills you list. If your skills list includes monthly accounting closing processing, clearly and briefly describe the skill, for example: Processing Monthly Accounting Closing - reconcile revenues and expenses, balance monthly ledger, updating data and filing hard copies of financial documents. Be prepared to discuss verifiable skills in your resume during the interview.
Accomplishments with Skills
Match accomplishments in your resume to the job related skills you list. For example, if your skills include fast and accurate data entry, include a data entry accomplishment such as "consistently met and exceeded monthly order entry expectations" or "received bonuses for exceeding weekly returns processing quotas."
Limit Your Skills
Limit the job related skills list in your resume 10 or under, using the top skills that match the position requirements. You will most likely have many more than 10 skills, but it's important to refine your list to a limited number of your best skills that match the job requirements. Research the latest trends in the industry or type of position you want to find out what employers want in candidates and base your skills list on those. Print the job description if possible and highlight 10 to 20 of the job requirements and compare them to your skills.
- "Resumes for Dummies"; Joyce Lain Kennedy; 2011
- "Resume Magic, 4th Ed: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer"; Susan Britton Whitcomb; 2010
- "Knock 'em Dead Resumes: Standout Advice from America's Leading Job Search Authority (Resumes That Knock 'em Dead)"; Martin Yate; 2010
- "How to Say It on Your Resume: A Top Recruiting Director's Guide to Writing the Perfect Resume for Every Job"; Brad Karsh; 2009
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