A skills based resume template provides an applicant a lot of space to list their specific skills and abilities. This is a great resume for job-seekers in trade industries including IT, various medical fields, and the electrician profession – just to name a few.
This page will provide you free skills-based resume templates that feature skill sections as well as information on how to decide what skills to include on your own resume. If you’d like to go straight to the resume templates, click here.
What Are Professional Resume Skills?
Professional resume skills are a combination of skills that you display on your resume. These 2 sets of skill categories are your technical skills and your transferable skills.
Technical or “Hard” Skills
Your technical skills, sometimes called your hard skills, are professional skills that apply to a specific career path, industry, or job.
For example, a technical skill for a medical assistant would be an ability to draw blood from a patient. Only somebody in a medical field-related job would be expected to know how to draw blood. But specifically for a medical assistant, it is often a crucial and often required skill.
If a job listing calls for lots of these type of job or industry specific skills, you will probably want to have your very own skills section. View the resume template example below for a sample of a resume’s skills section.
More Examples of Resume Technical Skills
Technical skills can be job duties, tools you know how to operate, software you know how to use, or any other job specific qualification.
For example, many office and customer service based jobs will ask that you know some basic office computer software like Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Putting those software titles in a bulleted list on your resume will quickly let the employer know you meet those qualifications.
Transferable or “Soft” Skills
Your transferable skills, often called “soft” skills, are skills that you can apply to any job you may do, no matter the specifics.
Transferable skills are things like your ability to communicate or how you handle working under deadlines & pressure.
For the most part, I don’t recommend listing these transferable skills along with your technical skills. Transferable skills are hard to explain in one or two word phrases. Therefore, I’d recommend detailing these soft skills under your job descriptions.
For example, putting that you are an “effective communicator” is not nearly as flattering as taking a full sentence to describe a situation when you actually communicated effectively.
Instead of writing that you are “a quick learner”, describe situations when you had to learn new systems or job duties while still performing your normal daily tasks.
Listing Skills That Are Job Specific
So now that we know technical skills are the skills we will be listing on our resume, how can we know which skills to add? Let’s take a look at a sample job listing to find out:
Let’s go through and see which requirements listed would be good additions to our skills section.
Working with our applications and databases
They don’t list the specific applications, but if you have experience working with database software then that would be a great technical skill.
Proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, Excel, Word)
Here they list specific computer software programs that we can list on our resume if we know how to use them. Microsoft Outlook, Excel, & Word.
Ability to type at a minimum rate of 55 wpm
While typing itself would not be an appropriate ability to list, the ability to type at a specific words per minute, or wpm, can be an important requirement listed by employers.
Why Use a Skills Based Summary?
A skills based resume is often needed when the job posting asks for a lot of specific qualifications that need to be listed.