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Skills-Based Resume


The correct format is the one that highlights your accomplishments in relationship to the employers needs. Most formats fall into one of three basic categories: Functional, Chronological, and Combination.


Focuses on personal characteristics, skills and abilities, and work experience. The functional format is valuable if you lack work experience directly related to your target, or if you have gaps in employment. The functional resume emphasizes your capabilities related to the job target.


Lists work experience and education by date, with the most recent stated first. This type of resume is straightforward and easy to read. Choose this format to emphasize steady work experience related to the available position. Are you staying in the same field?


Combines elements of the functional and chronological resumes, allowing the applicant to use the features of each that best highlight accomplishments. Consider this format when you can link your achievements to the description of the position.

All of these formats must be targeted to the employer’s needs and based on your transferable skills.

What to Include on Your Skills-Based Resume:

Name, Home Address, E-mail Address, Phone

Use one name consistently on all written correspondence, preferably the one you like to be called.

Objective (optional)
A specific career objective demonstrates that you know what you want and what experience knowledge you bring with you.

Educational Background
List your educational experience in order of your most recent degree, school and location. Include college graduation dates within the last ten years. If your education is related to the position you are applying for and it is within five years list it at the top, as a selling point. If it is unrelated or more than five years ago place it near the bottom, to act as a foundation and to show you have attended school beyond high school. Only list your GPA if it translates to a grade of B+ (3.5) or higher.

Work Experience
Highlight the skills and accomplishments you have used and are currently using that relate to your job objective and the job duties of the position you are applying for.

Be accurate! You are free to omit whatever you do not want to do anymore or anything that looks unfavorable, but be scrupulously honest about what you commit to in writing.

Do not include references on your resume, and do not use the statement "Available upon request." If requested you may mail your references on a separate sheet of paper, use the same letterhead and format of cover letter. In most situations you will not be sending your references. However, it is a good idea to bring them with you to the interview. This page should include the names, phone numbers, and addresses/e-mails of at least 3 to 5 professional references. Only include personal references if requested.

What Not to Include:

  • Negative information
  • Salary history and salary desired
  • Dates you are available to work
  • References to race or religion
  • Reasons for leaving previous employment or references to unemployment
  • Social Security number
  • Personal data (sex, marital/parental status)
  • College transcripts


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