Using skills-based work statements rather than activity- or task-based statements improves the effectiveness of a resume. The difference between these types of statements is illustrated below, along with a method for developing skills-based statements.
- Served as a testing intern.
- Prepared specimens for testing.
- Tested the compression strength of concrete samples.
- Documented test results.
- Attended group meetings
Skills-based, impact statements (most effective!)
- Developed an efficient procedure that reduced test specimen preparation time by ten percent.
- Followed industry standard practices to test the compression strength of concrete and obtain accurate and repeatable data.
- Analyzed test data and organized results in an easy to interpret report.
- Participated in team meetings by contributing ideas and reporting on progress.
Method for Developing Skills-Based Impact Statements
- Identify the task that was performed: _______________________________________________
(Examples: prepared specimens for testing; ran cash register)
- Identify the skills that were used to complete the task:__________________________________
(Examples: planning and procedure development; customer service)
- Identify the positive impact of the task that emphasizes the successful performance of your skills: __________________________________________________
(Examples: prep time was cut by ten percent; encouraged repeat business)
- Develop a statement that highlights one or two of the skills you used while telling what was done and the impact it had: _______________________________________________________
(Examples: Developed an efficient procedure that reduced test specimen preparation time by ten percent; Provided efficient and friendly customer service to encourage repeat business)
Develop your statement to highlight as many of your valuable skills as possible. A skill can be highlighted more than once but it is better to highlight a variety of skills.