There are lots of reasons it might be hard to cobble together a decent resume. Maybe you've been unemployed for a long time, maybe you're trying to switch careers or maybe you're a mom who's been home raising kids for a few years.
Whatever your situation, there's good news. Resumes are changing. Your
skills are just as valuable as your formal employment and can help sell
your resume to a potential employer.
Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker and author of the book "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring"
(John Wiley & Sons, 2009) encourages job seekers to draw on a
variety of past experiences, in both paid and non-paid positions, when
applying for new employment.
"These transferable skills, acquired during any activity - volunteer
positions, classes, projects, parenting, hobbies, sports - can be
applicable to one's next job," Myers said. "By adding transferable
skills to a resume, employers get a better understanding and broader
picture of who they are hiring - as well as the interests, values and
experiences that the candidate brings to the table."
Myers divided transferable skills into five broad skill areas and gives examples of how you can describe each:
Communication: writes clearly and concisely, speaks
effectively, listens attentively, openly expresses ideas,
negotiates/resolves differences, leads group discussions, provides
feedback, persuades others, provides well-thought out solutions, gathers
appropriate information, confidently speaks in public
Interpersonal Skills: works well with others,
sensitive, supportive, motivates others, shares credit, counsels,
cooperates, delegates effectively, represents others, understands
feelings, self-confident, accepts responsibility
Research and Planning: forecasts/predicts, creates
ideas, identifies problems, meets goals, identifies resources, gathers
information, solves problems, defines needs, analyzes issues, develops
strategies, assesses situations
Organizational Skills: handles details, coordinates
tasks, punctual, manages projects effectively, meets deadlines, sets
goals, keeps control over budget, plans and arranges activities,
Management Skills: leads groups, teaches/trains/instructs, counsels/coaches, manages conflict, delegates responsibility, makes decisions, directs others, implements decisions, enforces policies, takes charge.