A Resume's Core-Competencies Section Works (Probably) in the Twitter Age


BrainDayReport.jpg The recently released white paper, Findings of 2010 Global Career Brainstorming Day: Trends for the Now, the New & the Next in Careers by the Career Thought Leaders Consortium notes that keyword sections on resumes are making a resurgence. These sections consist of lists words and phrases relevant to the targeted position. The words can be taken from a job posting. We offer lots of other ways to develop keyword lists in our articles, Researching Resume Keywords in Employment Ads and Resources for Identifying Resume Keywords The Brainstorming Day white paper notes that these sections coincide “with the 140-character mentality of keeping everything as succinct as possible … it’s quick and easy for a visual review and works great for automated keyword searches.” Those keyword searches are the reasons keywords will be important in resumes for the foreseeable future. One caution is that some hiring decision-makers say they dislike “disembodied” lists of keywords that lack context. You might consider a list that offers context, such as an example of how you’ve used a listed skill. Or, simply ensure that later in your resume, you offer content that substantiates the skill. Below is a sample of a keyword section: KeywordSection.jpg