list of skills on resume
I'm trying to get my resume up to date. In the past, under skills, I usually have a bullet list of the technologies I've worked with. I've always hated how this looks, but I'm not sure what the alternatives are.
I've heard that you should list your competencies in decereasing order of expertise.
I was going to describe the way I approach this, but it's easier to just post a link: http://www.timestream.net/resume/Resume.asp
A naive question: doesn't "fluent in [...]" sound like "Read first 20 pages of '[...] for Dummies' "?
List them all in bullet form, grouping them by language, systems, applications, operating systems, etc. The goal here is to make it past the HR and/or computer filters. Do not label your relative expertise in these. If a manager sees you only know some SQL and they think any developer worth their salt needs to know SQL, they may get rid of you... oh and the position requires no SQL, but oh well.
You might consider making your resume active, have links to a minisite where a link like "Linux" expands out to what you mean exactly.. whre you get to elaborate on the technology you really know (be it sendmail, apache, java+j2ee, oracle, etc etc on the linux platform)..
Mini sites are great because they don't fall into a 5000+ active website you see every blogger building. It's limited, it's 5 pages.. it does its job and impresses. Do not use the opportunity to expand your resume into 5 pages, use it to clarify, not confuse.
If someone lists on their resume a particular technology as a "skill" that they possess, I think it's reasonable to expect a degree of competence beyond just light familiarity.
Mike, I think it goes without saying. The other major sin ofcourse is trying to ballon up the number of years you have spent using a technology. I don't know if recruiting companies now days still ask for unrealistic number of years of experiences (like 20 years of Java) but they use to do that so much it made all the young college grads nervous.
My uncle, who is an IT headhunter in NYC, helped me with my resume. He had me put all my computer skills (languages and software) at the top, with the corresponding number of years I've worked with them.
I was told to put my skills on the front page also, it allows people to see your skills without having to go through the verbal descriptions of the jobs themselves later. I think its particularly good for HR people and agencies who don't actually know what these skills are, they are just words to them. It does make their job easier, "Has he got SQL ? Yes, has he got C++, yes".
A good rule is: have I used this in a project? Yes, then list it on the resume.
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