Do you find it important, as a resume writer, to list Core Competencies/Skills somewhere on a resume?
It is essential to include Core Competencies/Skills/Areas of Expertise somewhere within the resume since these terms often constitute the search criteria that a company uses in an applicant tracking system to identify candidates for initial consideration. We want that resume to land in the “active candidate pool” file. I often also include a list of those keywords to make it easy for the hiring authority to immediately note these essential skills in the job seeker’s resume.
If you elect to use a showcase-style resume, the next section (or two, depending on your circumstances) can be your Showcase section. Although you have a lot of discretion on titling and content, the key is to make this section substantive and impressive. Use lists and bullet points to make the information easier to read.
Possible titles for Showcase section(s) include:
• Achievement Summaries
• High-Impact Contributions
• Notable Performance Highlights
• Distribution or Vendor Partners
• Languages (Foreign or IT)
• Marquee Clients
• Product Knowledge
• Sales Awards
The Employment History section covers work experience for the last fifteen years or so. List employers in reverse chronological order. Work experience beyond fifteen years can be listed at the end with single sentences or as a grouping of employer names.
Begin with details on the most important items: current company/employer’s name, your title(s), and dates (in years). List what the company’s official name is now, even if it was purchased or merged after you began work there, e.g., “GlobalOutlook (formerly Global SpyGlass).” Many company names or initials could make it hard to figure out what the company is or does. Therefore, use a sentence that encapsulates the company’s position, earnings, products, and/or other unique qualifiers. As an example: NAME OF COMPANY: “A worldwide manufacturer of high-end personal-care products with $134M in annual sales.”
Most times, be sure to list the company name first, and only once. This reduces the likelihood employers will think you have job-hopped when you have not.
Next, follow the company name with your title. If this title is in-house and hard to understand, include a translation or generic job title. For example, you can substitute “Purchasing Agent” with “Product Specialist/Purchasing Representative” if that makes things easier for those who aren’t a part of your industry or company. Providing a functional title educates the hiring executive about your actual function and role. If you held multiple titles with the same employer, mention a date next to each to show promotions or advancement within an organization.
Job Scope Description
For each position, write a four- to six-sentence description of your duties and responsibilities (what you did). This could include information regarding the dimension and scope of the position, function, staff size, geographical reach, budget, reporting relationships, departments, and so on. Here’s an example:
GlobalOutlook (formerly Global SpyGlass), Anytown, Anywhere 20XX–Present
Regional Sales Executive
Promoted to revitalize underperforming Northeast sales territory. Developed new business channels on a regional and national basis. Reestablished relationships with client base. Products included enrollment technology, analytics, and predictive modeling, among others.
This section can have other titles, such as:
• Career Experience
• Employment Background
• Professional Experience
• Relevant Experience
• Work Experience
• Career Narrative
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