Skill-Based Resume


Also Known As: Skill/Functional Resume; Networking Resume; Categorical Resume.

Use When: You are changing careers; Have a gap in employment; Coming out of prison; Have been homeless; Have a shady work history; Are going into ministry OUT of corporate work.

1. This will be the best resume for you if. . . you are reentering the job market after an absence of ANY kind; you have had long time-gaps between employment; you have had numerous job changes; you are looking for another job in a very different field or industry; you think your age is a barrier; you haven't shown advancement in responsibility or have had lateral moves; you have had several unrelated occupations; you are a mature individual with a varied background and numerous areas of expertise; you are a new graduate from high school or college; you are a dislocated worker who is retraining and or has retrained and wants to use newly acquired education to make a career change; you have skills and abilities other than those you are currently using and you desire to make a change; you have extensive military background and experience; you are self-employed and operate your own business.

2. The advantage of this resume is. . . It highlights accomplishments and strengths; It allows you to organize your skills in a way that best suits you; It eliminates repetition and redundancy of similar jobs; It allows you flexibility in how you present yourself; It is an excellent resume to use for circulating through networks; It allows you to draw from diverse volunteer experience, interests, and skills, that have not been a part of your past employment; In a pure skill/functional resume, you leave off work history. This is only recommended if your work history is an absolute disaster;

3. The disadvantage of using this resume is. . . It de-emphasizes specific job titles and companies you worked for; It de-emphasizes longevity; It shows limited job duties; It may be unfamiliar to some employers.


SAMPLE: Remember, format on a page would be centerred and justified different than what you see here. . . For a FREE sample in MSWORD, please send an e-mail to and we'll send a sample/template back to you as soon as possible.

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Tisha Cole Robertson
14091 Glen Street
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
(660) 111-1111

Objective: Seeking part- or full-time summer employment. Available immediately after school and weekends; After June 5th, available anytime for summer.



Customer Assurance and Public Relations:

  • Assist students with computer problems; answer questions/demonstrate solutions.
  • Accept verbal instruction from supervisor and accomplish tasks effectively.
  • Analytical; develop rapport/cooperation with clients, assess needs, provide accurate and timely information, and responds efficiently and effectively.
  •  Committed to treating all people with kindness, respect, and understanding.
  • Willing to work hard, accomplish task, and demonstrate pride in work accomplished.
  • Performed a variety duties in hospital setting including bathing patients, assisting nurses in turning patients, making beds, answering phones, and whatever necessary.


  • Proficient in use of word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and other computer applications.
  • Experienced in the safe operation of all types of power equipment and hand tools including lawnmowers, weed-eaters, saws, drills, sanders, tillers, tractors, etc.
  • Experienced in troubleshooting in variety of ways and solving problems.

Personal and Self-Management:

  • Energetic, dedicated, and conscientious young person; self-motivated and productive.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Sincere interest in people; able to maintain good working relationships.
  • Resourceful; accurately interpret problems and offer optimal solutions.



Currently Attending Warrensburg Public Schools, Warrensburg, Missouri



Customer Service, Self-Employed Lawn Mowing, Warrensburg, MO, Summers 1992 to Present
Computer Lab Asst, Jefferson Jr. High School, Warrensburg, MO, 1995 to Present
Graphic Art Asst, Kristan’s Graphics, Warrensburg, MO, Summers 1993 to 1995
Volunteer, Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Warrensburg, MO, Summer 1995



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[All on one page! Always include 3-5 references! Never fold it when sending it out!]


References for: (Center page headings, bold, and make 15 point font)

Allison Glenne Vickers (Your Name Here)


Dr. O. J. Rhone (all centered, 11 point font to match rest of resume), Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Central Missouri State University
# 121 Social Science Building
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
(660) 123-4567


Mr. Jack Rogers, Supervisor
Rogers Manufacturing
1031 Nottingham Road
Centerview, Missouri 64065
(660) 987-6543


Ms. Rachell Colebank, Personnel Manager
Old Faithful Government Center
1219 Seventh Street
Higginsville, Missouri 64081
(660) 345-6789


Rev. Bob Ingle, Senior Pastor
Warrensburg Baptist Center
1302 Gay Street
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
(660) 876-5432


This is one sample of a reference page. Remember, use three to five complete references and always attach a reference sheet with a resume-- don't wait for a prospective employer to request one.


Note: Putting "REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST" at the bottom of a resume is like putting a period at the end of a sentence–it tells the reader, "The end."

NEVER hand out your resume NOR send out your resume without accompanying a page of references. This tells the reader that you are a step ahead of others and ready to get the ball rolling!

By the way, make certain that your references receive an updated copy of your resume BEFORE you start using them as a reference!

Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron!”

Want some feedback on a resume or cover letter?

Send it to me as though I am a prospective employer and
I’ll give you some honest feedback and constructive criticism. . . FREE.

Robert J. Vickers
Artful Askers
P.O. Box 1225
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093