A skills-based resume can be a good option for someone who is changing careers because it focuses on the skills and qualifications that are most relevant to the new career, rather than on work history that may be less relevant. If your previous work experience is not directly related to your new career path, a skills-based resume can help you demonstrate your transferable skills and show how they can be applied in a new context.
A skills-based resume, also known as a functional resume, focuses on highlighting your skills and qualifications instead of your work history. Skills based resumes are ideal for:
You are changing careers or the industry in which you work and have little to no experience in the new field.
You have large gaps in your work history
You have only held short-term jobs or internships rather than extended periods of experience in one position
You have little work experience
By following these steps, you can create a skills-based resume that highlights your strengths and qualifications and positions you as a strong candidate for the job.
[City, State, ZIP Code]
[Your Phone Number]
[Your Email Address]
Recent college graduate with a [Your Degree] seeking an entry-level position to apply strong analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills, as well as a passion for [Your Field of Interest].
[Bachelor's Degree] in [Your Major]
[University Name], [City, State]
[Month, Year of Graduation]
Strong written and verbal communication skills developed through coursework and presentations.
Ability to convey complex ideas clearly and concisely.
Effective listening skills to understand and respond to colleagues and clients.
Proficient in data analysis using tools such as Excel and statistical software.
Developed critical thinking skills through research projects and coursework.
Strong problem-solving abilities with a focus on identifying solutions.
Collaborated on group projects and assignments, demonstrating the ability to work effectively in diverse teams.
Contributed to team success through active participation and cooperation.
Familiarity with [relevant software/tools], including [specific skills within the software/tools].
Quick learner, eager to acquire new technical skills as needed for the job.
Conducted independent research projects, demonstrating the ability to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
Strong research methodologies, including literature reviews and data collection.
Able to adapt to changing environments and learn quickly.
Demonstrated flexibility in adjusting to new tasks and responsibilities.
Successfully managed coursework, assignments, and part-time job commitments.
Punctual and efficient in meeting deadlines.
Provided excellent customer service during [relevant experience, if applicable].
Ability to handle customer inquiries and resolve issues in a professional manner.
[Job Title, if applicable]
[Company Name, if applicable]
[City, State, if applicable]
[Month, Year Started] - [Month, Year Ended, or Present]
Briefly describe any relevant part-time jobs, internships, or volunteer experiences you have that demonstrate your skills and abilities.
List any awards, scholarships, or honors received during your college career.
Highlight any notable accomplishments related to your coursework or extracurricular activities.
Available upon request.
Remember to tailor your resume to the specific job you are applying for and include any additional sections or details that are relevant to your background and the position you're seeking.
Recruiters and ATS systems search for relevant keywords/ buzz words in your resume to determine if you are a good match for the role in which you are applying for. Skills based resumes do not focus on details of your work experience. If you have work experience, consider creating a hybrid resume that highlights your responsibilities and is both recruiter and applicant tracking system (ATS) friendly.
A hybrid resume is a mix of a skills based resume and a traditional (reverse chronological order resume). A hybrid resume is perfect if you have sunstational work experience and:
You are changing careers
You have gaps in your work history
You can build you own hybrid resume online with several free templates:
We compiled a list of resume resources (some free, some paid) to help you build your resume. If you have a resume, you can upload it and start recreating it or you can start building from scratch. The great thing about using an online builder is that it uses AI technology to expedite the process. Hello free nights and weekends NOT building your resume.