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Resume Pro Tip #13 (avoid connecting the dots)

Avoid Connecting The Dots: This is called a Skills based resume and is a formatting choice that requires way too much imagination and attention from a potential Hiring manager.  Below is an example from Indeed.com. The premise is that you describe your skills in a skills section and then simply list the jobs you’ve had in reverse chronological order below with little or no description. This then requires whomever is reviewing your resume to match whatever applicable skills from your list above to the job they may or may not correspond to.  This would work if, in your whole career you had done something super specific like a dentist.  You probably fill cavities and torture people with the sound the drill makes at every practice that you work.  So for careers with extremely narrow focus this may work but we still prefer to have the description of the work in each position described

Interpersonal skills

  • Regularly communicate with customers, managers and team members via phone, email and in-person

  • Effectively educate clients on new products with an emphasis on how the products address their specific needs

  • Voted most personable employee by clients for four months in a row

Sales

  • Regularly exceeded sales quotas by a minimum of 5% monthly

  • Upsell an average of two out of five clients by recommending products that met their unique needs

  • Ensured all customers were satisfied with their purchases and handled any complaints in a timely and efficient manner

Marketing

  • Set up merchandise in an appealing manner that led to a 7% increase in sales in-store

  • Contributed to marketing plans to draw in new customers and increase current customer retention

  • Participated in weekly marketing meetings

Employment history

Java Company, New York City, New York, Sales Representative 2015-Present

Extra Corporation, Miami, Florida, Sales Coordinator                  2012-2015

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