I may scream if I have to read another “skills-based” resume

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Before you sit down to write your new “skills-based” resume – the one with all the great things you’ve learned in different jobs – think again.

You probably read online that this is the hot new trend. But as a professional recruiter wasting far too much time digging through these, I need to know up front if your real-world work experience matches up with the position I’m looking to fill.

Most recruiters and HR managers will tell you the same thing. The first thing we have to know is what you’ve done and how you’ve progressed in your career.

Take the time to write a good “traditional” resume, no matter what other web gurus advise. You’ll prove that you understand what a hiring manager needs the most.

Consider this. With a long list of skill sets – “good communicator,” “team management” or “problem solver,” I have no idea if you were working at a burger restaurant or a leading technology company. Did you acquire these so-called skills as an intern or from 10 years of rising through the ranks?

Skip the fluff, please! By reviewing your work history and professional positions, you let me and my client decide if your experience matches up to the position’s demands.

Write clear, short bullets of your job scope and results under each company where you’ve worked. A company name, job title and length of employment are insufficient.

There’s another bad idea going around on resume writing sites. Cram everything onto one page! By filling up the page with your job “objectives” and skills, you may be skipping work history that’s valuable to a recruiter. It is totally acceptable to have your resume flow into two pages.

Yes, numerous sites promote the “skills-based” approach vs. the traditional chronological resume. Some suggest going with your skills, for example, if there are “significant gaps” in your work history or you’ve only had several “short-term” or “temporary” assignments.

Is that really the first impression you want your resume to present?

I’m not the only recruiter who believes it’s time for an end to the skills-based resume trend. Few, if any, rarely make it to my short list of finalists.

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