Some resume trends come and go. Colorful resumes can confuse employers, making them even less likely to view you favorably. Others stick around because of their usefulness. Customizing your resume and adding an executive summary as an “elevator pitch” are trends that are likely going to stick around for a while.
Another section of the resume that remains relevant is the skills inventory. Phil Rosenberg, president of reCareered, suggests that candidates create a skills inventory at the ends of their resumes. He suggests a three-column format with 30 to 50 three-word sound bytes (double that number for tech candidates).
He suggests that candidates include their industry, functional, leadership, technology, and soft skills in this section.
“Bonuses of a well written skills inventory are that you have a chance to match the changed criteria (in the time between writing a job description and filling it) and you have a chance to meet the “nice to haves” (the criteria that never makes a job description, yet is often the single factor that separates the top candidate from the rest of the pack),” Phil explains.
Just like for resume trends, however, skills lists come in and out of fashion. For instance, nobody needs to note that they can use Microsoft Suite or email on a contemporary resume. Instead, your skills list should highlight modern and desirable competencies that employers want for the current and future.
Here are some of the skills you should include on your resume skills inventory.
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