My job is about helping others in the workforce. Occassionally I get a client whose field is outside my wheelhouse and I can only take an educated guess on the details of that field. Recently I recommended to my client (a software programmer) that he consider changing his chronological resume to a skill based resume.
My reasoning is that some of his jobs covered similar duties so rather than saying he had 5 years experience in X program at this place and another 7 years at that place I was recommending that he combine them to say he has 12 years experience in X program total . Additionally, it would streamline his resume to less than 2 pages and make it easier to read.
However, he posted on a couple of job boards and the feedback he received is that a skill based resume looks like he is hiding something. It is true he has been out of work for the past 3 years and I don't recommend advertising that right out the gate - but that isn't something I considered in my recommendation.
So HR (especially in IT) - does a skill based resume raise red flags? When should I consider this or dump it?
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Joanna G. has tons of experience in corporate in-house HR. She hosts workshops, Q&As, and does 1-1 resume and job search coaching for hire. Sometimes you may be surprised by what she has to say!