When it comes to building a resume, there are lots of things to consider. What’s the number of jobs I should include? How much information do I need to provide for each job? Should I have a separate skills section? We won’t be covering the first two today, but regarding skills, the short answer is, yes. Read this short and to the point blog, to find out why having a section for skills on your resume is crucial!

The Benefits of a Skills Section

We all know including skills on your resume is a no brainer. However, is it worth it to include them in an entirely separate section? Almost always, the answer is yes. Your resume has a very short time span when it’s reviewed before it’s disregarded or kept. If your skills are listed, it may be the attention grabber you need. Why? Compare a resume with a skills section to one without. The one without probably has them included in the experience section’s bullet points. However, this means that finding them is a long process. Don’t leave them out of the experience section if it makes sense to have them, just highlight them separately. But having a section dedicated to skills will be more eye-catching to any recruiter or hiring manager looking for them.

How to Format It

Your skills section should be located on the front page, and towards the top, so it draws attention. Doing so will also help you get past keyword filters if filters are being used. As far as phrasing goes, try to phrase them the same way they’re used on the job description. This will help any keyword detection software they may be using, to detect them. For example, if the job description lists ‘Facebook Ads’,  and you have had experience with Facebook Ads, your resume skills should say “Facebook Ads” instead of “Facebook Advertising” to help match it up.

The tense in which you write them should also be consistent. If you are listing the skills as single words, list them all that same way. Avoid using sentences with some singular tense, some plural tense. You can also choose to list them alphabetically, by importance or even by categories (if it applies). For example, you may sort a group of skills under “Marketing” and “Social Media”. However you decide to list them, just make sure it makes sense at a glance.