Skill based resume

Are you thinking of using a skill based resume? This article will help you decide whether or not to use a skill based resume. This type of resume is often called a targeted resume as it emphasizes your abilities and achievements which are directly relevant to a specific job target.

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Skill based resume advantages:

  1. If you want to emphasize abilities and achievements that have not been used in your most recent job(s).
  2. If you are changing career direction.
  3. If you have had a large number of jobs and you would prefer to describe the experience you have gained in total.
  4. If you want to include voluntary/unpaid experience.
  5. If your work history has been patchy in recent years, either through unemployment, redundancy, self-employment, ill health, etc.
  6. If you have several completely different job targets and you need a resume for each.

Skill based resume disadvantages:

  1. If you want to highlight promotions/career growth - you could include this sort of information on the second page of your resume, but it would not be as prominent as on a performance resume.
  2. If your most recent employer is highly prestigious, because their name will not be prominently displayed on the first page. You can get round this by putting their name in both the profile and cover letter.
  3. Unusual resume format - may not be liked by everyone.

Example skill based resume (targeted resume)
How to write a skilled based resume (targeted resume)

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