How to Spotlight Skills on Resume’s First Page


Lenn writes:
After polishing my resume I realized the majority of marketable skills I’ve honed through employment appear on the second page. Is that a problem? Is there an acceptable format that would get my stronger work history on page 1? Am I worrying too much about page 2?


The Career Doctor responds:
I would suggest either adding these marketable skills to your Summary of Qualifications or better create a keyword section called something like Core Competencies Key Proficiencies on page 1. You can see samples of sections like this in many of the resumes here. I would also ditch your Objective statement; these statements are currently out of fashion with hiring decision-makers and yours essentially says nothing.