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Use the “Resume Content” section to tell prospective employers why you would make a great employee. Learn more here.

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Transferable Skills

List your soft and transferable skills, like creativity, just below the summary. See our skills list here.

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If you already have a resume prepared you can upload it above under “Cover Letter.” Complete the required fields, then write “See attached” in “Resume Content.” Ensure your resume is in the functional/skills-based format. See below for more information.

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Or Post Your Information in the "Resume Content" Field

Include your summary and information about your transferable skills. There is more detailed information about both of these below. Also list your skills by name in the “Skills” field to help potential employers find you when searching.

The Functional, Skills-Based Resume

Resume Summary

The Resume Summary

This will be your first section under “Resume Content.” Remember, you are writing for the career you want. More detailed information, including examples, is provided below.

Relevant Transferable Skills

Relevant Transferable Skills

This section is critical. You are relying on your transferable skills rather than your job experience, so list those skills with examples to support them in “Resume Content” after your Summary. There is more detailed information below.

Professional Experience

Experience

If you are not uploading a resume file, enter your prior employment information in the “Experience” section above.

Diploma

Education

If you are not uploading a resume file, be sure to complete the “Education” section above.

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3.7% Unemployment

Persistently and historically low.

8.9 Million Open Jobs

Nearly twice the 20-year average.

1.4 Open Jobs Per Unemployed Person

That’s 2.9 million more jobs than people looking for them.

Job Market Entrants/Reentrants

5.8 million not currently in the labor force who want a job.

Over Half Want a Career Change

58% of all workers are actively seeking a career change.

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Employers Willing to Hire

70% of all employers are willing to hire and train career changers.

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Jobs data taken from the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS), dated 3/6/24, and Employment Situation Summary, dated 2/2/24.

How to Write a Resume Summary

Four Simple Steps

Resume Summary Step 1

The Career You Want

Write for the career you want, not the one you’re leaving.

Resume Summary Step 3

Transferable Skills

Explain how your “soft,” transferable skills make you a good candidate for that career.

Resume Summary Step 3

Selling Points

Highlight your top selling points, i.e., the attributes that will make you a great employee.

Resume Summary Step 4

Point to Experience

Briefly explain how your prior job experiences demonstrate your transferable skills.

Resume Step Number 5

Read Examples

Check out our examples. They’ll help you understand how the first four steps come together.

Resume Summary Examples

Example 1

Educator with 10 years of experience developing and delivering educational programs to a variety of age groups. Looking to leverage active listening and interpersonal skills in a career in sales. Self-confident and self-motivated, with the right attitude for success.

Example 2

Former Army personnel NCO with 8 years experience supervising the development and maintenance of personnel databases. Seeking a career in hospitality that utilizes my strong organizational skills. My active listening and verbal communication skills will be an asset with customers/guests, while my intermediate computing skills will be an useful in any capacity.

Example 3

Experienced retail sales associate with seven years experience selling to the general public. Looking to utilize active listening and persuasion skills in the customer service field. Coachable, self-confident, and versatile, for immediate impact.

Your Relevant Transferable Skills

It’s important to list your transferable skills in the “Resume Content” field right after your Resume Summary. Under each skill provide examples from your prior work experience to support them. Bulleted lists are a great way to format them.

Also be sure to list your relevant transferable skills, by name only, in the “Skills” field right after “Resume Content.” This will make it easier for employers looking for someone with those skills to find you.

Sample

Relevant Skills

Active Listening
  • Offer personalized product recommendations that exceed expectations.
  • Understand customer concerns and objections to address them effectively and close the sale.
  • Uncover hidden opportunities for selling additional products and services.
  • Identify areas for improvement in products or services.

The Skills List

Active Listening

Adaptability

Advanced Computing

Analytical Thinking

Attention to Detail

Attitude

Basic Computing

Coachability

Collaboration

Conflict Resolution

Creativity

Critical Thinking

Customer Service

Decision Making

Design

Empathy

Intermediate Computing

Interpersonal

Leadership

Management

Marketing

Multitasking

Negotiation

Networking

Organization

Persuasion

Planning

Presentation

Problem Solving

Project Management

Relationship Building

Sales

Self-Confidence

Self-Motivation

Teamwork

Time Management

Verbal Communication

Versatility

Work Ethic

Written Communication

A Sample Completed “Resume Content” Section:

Summary

Experienced retail sales associate with seven years experience selling to the general public. Looking to utilize active listening and persuasion skills in the customer service field. Coachable, self-confident, and versatile, for immediate impact.

 

Relevant Skills

Active Listening
  • Offer personalized product recommendations that exceed expectations.
  • Understand customer concerns and objections to address them effectively and close the sale.
  • Uncover hidden opportunities for selling additional products and services.
  • Identify areas for improvement in products or services.
Persuasion
  • Use persuasive languge to create compelling narratives around products.
  • Utilize techniques, such as mirroring body language, to establish rapport.
  • Create a sense of urgency or excitement around promotions or limited-time offers.
Coachability
  • Seek active feedback from supervisors and implement suggested improvements.
  • Accept challenges and seek opportunities for skill development.
Self-Confidence
  • Exude assurance and enthusiasm, instilling trust.
  • Engage confidently with customers, addressing their needs with conviction.
  • Remain calm and composed under pressure.
Versatility
  • Adapt communication style to meet the needs and preferences of customers.
  • Transition seamlessly between various roles within a team.
  • Confidently handle customer complaints and issues.

Your “Resume Content” Section Should Look Similar to That

“Skills are like the currency of the workforce today.”

Daniel Roth

Editor in Chief, VP, LinkedIn

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