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Skills-Based Resume or CV: Who needs it & How to write it

teacher avatar Fiona MacKay Young, Handwriting Analysis & Personal Growth

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7 Lessons (31m)

    • 2. Who needs a Skills Based Resume or CV

    • 3. What exactly IS a Skills Based Resume or CV

    • 4. How to create your Skills Based Resume or CV

    • 5. Part One Formatting your Skills Based Resume or CV

    • 6. Part Two Formatting your Skills Based Resume or CV

    • 7. Part Three Formatting your Skills Based Resume or CV

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The Skills-Based Resume or CV is the most useful resume (or CV) to know how to write as it is useful in a great many situations including when making a career change, when you have a gap in your work history, when you are just starting out with no previous work experience or when you have had many different jobs. In fact, it does for just about everyone.

This course takes you through why it works, what goes into it and how to find the information to make it the best it can be. It also takes you through how to format and lay it out, and how to write the content in the most effective way. It also tells you where to find help in identifying what skills you have that employers want to know about.

If you're looking for a job, this could well be what will make the difference between being invited to an interview or not. Step by step instructions and visuals to help you make your resume (or CV) do it's job, impress employers and get you in the door for an interview.

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Fiona MacKay Young

Handwriting Analysis & Personal Growth


I've been involved for over 20 years in helping people move ahead with their lives through identifying their gifts, strengths and overcoming blocks or limitations. It is my goal to inspire those I meet to develop their potential to the fullest.

There are a wide variety of ways to do these things, and I love to explore, adapt and create new ways.

As a Graphologist and Grapho-Therapist (Handwriting Analysis),

And also as a Career Counselor and Personal Development & Law of Attraction Coach,

I love nothing more than to help people be the very best they can be, to realize their hopes and dreams and love their lives. 

I also love 'techie' things, and have worked as a Graphic Designer, creating websites (WordPress) and creating videos fo... See full profile

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1. INTRODUCTION: I feel McCallion. Welcome to the skill space recipe are CV who needs it on how to write it? Some places call it to resume some places called his TV, but either way, skills base recipe. RCB it's the same thing. So when I talk about it, still states resume reading CV. The skills based recipe works really well for people who are changing careers, because if you do chronological the classic recipe where you write your most recent job than all the things you did in the recent job and you go back to previous job etcetera. If you're making a career change right now, then those jobs don't really have any relevance to the job you're going for now. So you send this into the employer and you want this job you're asking. You're applying for this job and he looks at you. Arrested me, seized well, you've done that, which is totally different. You're not going to get very far, and that's where the skills face pressing me comes in. It's also good for people who have done a whole lot of different things. If you had a wide variety of different jobs, you gave your skills for a wider right here, different places. And again, with the chronological resume, you're going to have his list off widely very jobs with a skill here in a still there. That skill Hell Square again is confusing for the employer. Because remember, the employer is not going to read your resume carefully trying to fit you into the job. The employers on a scan it quickly. And if you don't seem to fit your art, the other place that it works is if you have had a gap. If you've been out of work for a while and you're going back, it also helps with that on the recently skills based recipe helps with all of the's is that the main thing focuses on, as you can guess from his name is your skills and up front in that arrested me. You have just your skills you can have your favorite skills at the top are shouldn't say favorite, the ones that will fit best for this job at the top as that all your other skill groupings down below and then your information of what you're jobs were are just your job title look . A company location dates down at the bottom. So the main part with the rest of May is all your skills, and you target these skills to the job for which you're applying. So, yes, if you're going for different jobs, you need different resumes. But that goes for any resume. So we're going to take you through a step by step. How did you come up with the skills that you want to Putin? What because you want we didn't the skills most relevant, the skills that the employers looking for on, besides that, how to leotardo Perform at it. Andi, just how many groupings have any skills, that kind of thing and how to write your skills out? Because you don't just want to cook key party or, you know, built a wall or something like that. You have to have one liners that tell you what you did and on how you did it. So we'll go to all that on by the end of it. You'll have a neatly formatted If you follow through a do foot I ask you to do. You'll have a neatly formatted, skills based resume, which will be useful for your just about anywhere on just for the record, even if you have had steady employment, when you're going for another job in the same line of work very often, the skills based resume will work for you as well. So a skills based price meat is a very, very good thing to know how to do. And I hope you'll join me. I'm lard hard to do it on Capitol shop you want. 2. Who needs a Skills Based Resume or CV: So who needs a skill based recipe? R C V. First of all, who is it that needs to skill Base Recipe or C V. After all, if you don't need one, you don't need to know how to make one either A skills based resin me is used in the U. S and Canada in Australia. You Zealand on the UK is generally refer to us a skill based CV. But if formats is exactly the same for all so skills based recipe, our skills base Stevie, it's following the same. If you're in another country, it might be a good idea to do an Internet search for skills based recipe, plus your country or that could be skills based CV plus your country. It's used when someone is making a career change, where they don't have much relevant experience, whether they're going back to work after a long break, where they don't have recent experience, or where they're looking for the very first job where they're lacking and work experience in general, or for people who have had a very wide variety of types of jobs where their skills and experience comes from many different sources in other words. People who don't have a great deal every meet your relevant experience relevant to the actual job. They have a skill see neat, but they don't have relevant experience in a job off this name. Most places is completely acceptable and even preferred. However, if you're applying for work at a bank or a lawyer's office or any other more formal location, it might be best to check first before sending it in. In some places. Will applying for a government job you can actually go online and read exactly what they expect from you. Some government jobs ask for skills based ressa me and some insist on a chronological. So if you're unsure, please check first this nothing against contacting an employer toe. Ask if they'll accept to skill space rest of me or whether they prefer the chronological. If you can't ask, do the skills based If it fits best for your work history and experience coming up next, what exactly is a skill space? Ressam, E R C. V. 3. What exactly IS a Skills Based Resume or CV: what exactly is a skill space recipe or C V. In this lesson, I'll explain all the types of resumes so you can identify what you've previously used. How whether you want to use the skills based one. Now, please note that there is no one way to write a resume. So I'm giving you information on one way to write each of the types I'm going to describe. If you've heard a slightly different ways, then just choose which you think is best. There is no wrong or right. The goal of this course is to help you determine if a skills based ressa me is right for you and, if so, to give you one possible way off Creative one. Let's start with looking at a chronological recipe or CV just to identify what it looks like. That's the traditional one. The chronological lists your work experience in reverse chronological order, which means that starts with your most recent job on works backwards over at least the last 10 years. Mawr. If your reason to want to include older jobs, so you're going backwards from most recent job to older jobs on under each job that you have listed, you'll have the dates that company on the location is. Well, of course, is the job title. So there is one possible. Each job will have 3 to 5 bullets under each. Such heading, giving information what your job involved so it gives a job title company. In implication days. There's some of the things you did in the job. There are many variations, the chronological. But since this course has focused on the skill space rested me. We won't go into these possible variations. You may have heard of a functional resume and also a combination resume. The functional is not really all that functional, as it just lists skills and no employment information that all so it's not welcomed by many employers. The combination is a mixture off chronological and functional. In my opinion, it's a rather messy and the way it lays out the information, so I won't go into that one anymore here, either. You may also have heard of a target to trust me. That just means that your resume is targeted with the relevant information for a specific job. Every skills based presently should be targeted. So when I talk about a skills based rosary or CV here, please understanding. So I'm meaning one that is written in the skills based formats. Andi is targeted to each specific job for which you are applying. Yes, you should be adapting your resume or CV to each job for which you are applying if you're applying for several very similar jobs than the same recipe will do, but to either read the job as carefully are considered the job for which you're applying in detail. If there's no add to decide whether the recipe years before could be improved and made more targeted with a few changes. A skills based recipe or C V puts your skills in groupings, each group within appropriate heading. Each skill goes as a one liner, telling partly skill is on. What a positive outcome from you using it. WAAS. There are more examples later on employment history goes later after the skills. So as you write skills, you don't mention where you got them on underemployment. You only put job titles, company location and dates. More detailed information on examples to follow in how to create your skills based rest of me or C V 4. How to create your Skills Based Resume or CV: how to create your skills based recipe R. C V. In this lesson, I'm just going to run you through how to put things together. We'll actually do it's that my step in a later lesson, but it's good to know what's coming before you start a skills based. Resume our CV. You write out all skills and experience. You have that irrelevant to the job for which you're applying. If you have other skills, they don't belong in this recipe. Receive e Onley. Put the ones in that would be appropriate for the job. Give each group of skills on appropriate Headey. The are no rules for headings. Just give each group of heading that makes sense to you and fits with the job for which you are applying. You'll see some suggestions later on. Each still goes as a bulleted one liner, telling what the skill Ennis on what the positive outcome was from you use against again. You'll see examples later. Ah, one liner can be up to about 1.5 lines long. Then, when you come to your previous employments, you will just put job title company location on dates. So in the skills based recipe. You tell the implore what skills you have and you tell him or her what jobs you've had, but you don't show specifically what skills you got from or use it. What job? That's why such a good recipe format for career changers are those going back to work after a break. Here's the example of why it works. If you gain some great skills from working in a construction company, that fact might distract an employer from the fact that you have just the ideal skills for the job. He is hiring far in palliative care. But in fact you may well have gained some perfect skills right there, which are directly transferrable from one job to the other. So that's what it's all about is transferrable skills and how to present them to an employer so they don't lock you into the location. You previously used them in by not saying exactly where you got the skills. But by proving that you have thumb on my telling the positive outcomes, you are opening the door to be invited to an interview, where you will have a better chance to explain how come these skills were gained where they were gains and why you think they will fit with this job. If this is a new idea to you, I quite understand it may take a little getting used to, but believe me when I tell you, as I have seen, so many people with skills from totally unrelated type of work use the skills based resume to highlight thumb on who found a way into a totally different type of work where they could take advantage off those skills. It really does work coming up next, formatting your skills based recipe or C v. 5. Part One Formatting your Skills Based Resume or CV: for messing your skill space recipe are CV, Part one. Like all resumes, it will start with your name and contact information. If you're on Lincoln is the good idea toe. Add that that link to your profile, but it might be good to check out what you have on the profile before you do so just to make sure is geared to the type of work you're now seeking. Next, you may choose to add an objective, which tells a reader what job this rest of me is targeting. It's optional, but if you decide to do it, make sure your objective matches a job for which you're sending this resume. So there's objective RV actual job with a couple of words to add how how good you are at it . So office administrative position and that be fine just by itself. But you can add where my excellent numeracy and organizational skills will be utilized. Something like that, assuming is true, of course, so they were back to just office administration position. You can then at the highlights of qualifications or summary experience or any similar title that you choose, it may be a short paragraph are about three bulleted items. If you prefer to write a short statement immediately after your contact information, it would contain much the same information as the highlights in the previous example. Personally, I prefer the bill it'd lists as it's easier and quicker to read. But the choice is yours either is acceptable. Here is some ideas of what to include in the highlights, so you'd have experienced highlights. What skills do you have that were most smart or approved? Are from previous jobs that will also relate to this job? More relevant skills if you have them. Any particular relevant training certifications or awards If you have quite a number of years experience during this particular things, whether paid or unpaid, it all counts experience. So if it's a reasonable number, put it in now. Experience highlights don't cover everything you've done. They go at the top so they'll be noticed more on their most the things that you think will interest this employer the most. Resumes generally quickly scans by human resources. They're not read in detail unless the previous scan suggests that there might be of something off Rheal interest in it. A paragraph cannot be read in a scan, but one sentence or a few bullet points can formatting your skills. Base recipe are CV part two coming right up. 6. Part Two Formatting your Skills Based Resume or CV: formats in your skill space recipe are CV, Part two, next to career to section called Relevant Skills, which is where I'm sure you have guests. You put any skills, you have that irrelevant to a job for which you are applying. It could be any type of skills, a child, so long as they will be in demand for the job for which you are writing this resume. So there's relevant skills. And if you're applying for more worth than one job, which presumably you will be, make sure that the relevant skills you have always are correct for which ever job you're applying for. So you'll probably need to change that if you're applying for some slightly different jobs important. This entire rest of me is based on the skills that you have that you're relevant to this job. It doesn't matter what other wonderful skills you have. The employer is only going to be interested in those that will be useful in the job for which he or she is hiring. So I only put down relevant skills and experience on that. I know is a hard thing to do when there's other things that you're very part of being able to do. I'll explain now what the outcome off the next part is, although you won't do this immediately, is much easier if you take another step. First, you're going to create three or 45 the very boss sections, each with its own title, with at least three and not more than seven bulleted one line statements. Each describing a skill SE is one with three. One were six and one with four, so you'll have various sections like that put together eventually. But before you do, that is easier. Just a type or write out every skill you can think off that's relevant to this job. Don't bother by the order here. Just get them all down. Every skill you have that's relevant for this job, you will rewrite them into professional one liners later. Just now, get a list of all the skills you have for this position. It doesn't matter where you got the skills from either. If you have a skill, write it down on my own at online, which you'll see the link to. There is a site where you can just read through the list of skills or you can put the job for which you're going to apply into the search box at the top. Right on. Read this skills it comes up with. It's a very useful tool in helping you come up with skills. Now it is a U. S. Based site, so any information about training or pay on that site may well not be right for you, but the skills needed for a job or pretty universal, so it may give you some good ideas on skills that you have no matter where you live. I would suggest you pause the video just so I write your list. Or if you prefer to watch it all the way through, so you understand how it's all going to work out, then go back and actually do all the things. As you go next, look at your list of skills and start pushing them into groups that make sense to you. For example, you could, with all communications skills, together all computer skills together, all organizational skills together and so on. So there is some just with that. That's how you would have thumb under the title. You just have one skill. Purple it. You may need to combine some skills together, as your estimated should only have 3 to 5 skills groupings, each with a minimum of three at a maximum off seven bulleted short statements. Here's an example of how it's going to once you've got your skills as your groupings created, so there's just one for organizational skills that's a heavy. Then there's three different bulleted items off organizational skills, and none of these statements actually takes out more than 1.5 lines. When types in regular size are regular papers just on a computer screen here on the presentation, it tends to look more so. These are all considered one liners, cause they're not more than 1.5 lines of normal texts. You, of course, may have very different skills from that example. But just group together your skills in a natural way. Choose a name for the grouping that explains what it's all about. There are no fancy names or titles needed. Just call the group a name that describes what's in it. Ideally, you'll have three titles, but you can have five if you need to remember, your entire resume is only to be two pages long so you won't be able to have five groupings , each with seven bullets. Three groupings with five is the average. But work with yours to make sure you get all your important skills included without too much extra in the way off description or words talking about words. Here are two good pieces of advice to follow as you write out your skills. Everyone is to use action verbs on action verb says You do or you did something. For example, started New group is action oriented. Starting new group is passive, so it should be written in that way. Number two is to describe the positive outcome off using your skills. For example, created new program to Train Volunteers is the actual skill That's good for the action ver . But it doesn't tell us whether or not it was a success, which still provides the agency with enthusiastic, well trained hell would be an excellent positive outcome. But remember, as he work, they all must be true. So this one liner says, created you program to train volunteers, which still provides the agency with enthusiastic, well trained help. What you did is in red the result or outcome is in blue. Obviously, it's all going to be in black and your estimate, but that's just to point it out to you. So that's the trickiest part of the rest of me coming up with all your skills and creating one liners from them, including outcomes formatting, your Skill Space Recipe or CV Part three coming up. 7. Part Three Formatting your Skills Based Resume or CV: far messing your skills based recipe are CV Part three. Next you add a heading calls employment if you bean out of the workforce broke while employment in volunteering could be your heavy. So there's the art. The last skills grouping was organizational skills. Then we put a heading off employment. This is usually quite a easy section to complete. You only need your last 10 years of employment unless you some very relevant skills. Prior to that that you want to make this employer aware off. You just put down the job title company location on dates in years only. So there you'll see an example. After that goes education and training Onley. Put the date off graduation. Then if you still have space and if you have hobbies or fall into your work that you think might be of interest, this employer, you can at them, too. That's it's your resume is written for this job. As you apply for more, check the skills listed and change them to be more connected to the job for which you are currently applying. I know it's a lot of work, but it's worth it. You'll see on the next page that I've centered the major headings That's optional. It just makes him stand out more obviously. So there you have your two page skills based resume Scott The contact information of the top with the linked in connection on objective. Some experience highlights, and it's got relevant skills on three different groupings under there on each grouping, and that one has three bullet points than employment education training. I'm volunteering now that's quite spaced out on the page. In a real recipe, you probably have more skills. You want to get in so you have them closer together. This is quite a lot of room for extra stuff on there, but that gives you an idea of how it looks in the end. And don't make it too crammed either. Here's the class project. The class project is to create your own skill space recipe or C V for one particular job in which you're interested by for which you don't have direct experience, making sure you include positive outcomes for each Off the one liners that you write, I wish you every success with your skills based recipe. Andrew Job Search in General