CT made a recommendation against having a dedicated section listing technical skills in a resume, but rather embedding this information into achievements.
I believe that it totally works when you have 5 skills to highlight, but I found it difficult to follow this recommendation for jobs like software engineers, architects, etc. when you need to list 20-40 technologies, tools and programming languages.
As an interviewer, I like resumes with all technical skills listed in one place, preferable in the bottom, so I can immediately identify fit and gaps to the technological portfolio of my organization. Otherwise, I have to read the entire resume memorizing skills as I go. I guess this is why people are using keyword extraction software.
As an interviewee:
- When I embed relevant skills within achievements, it feels that the main message gets diluted with a lot of terms.
- It is much easier to tailor my resume to list only skills most relevant to the position if it has a dedicated section for that. Otherwise, I have to revise my achievement text all the time.
- Since I do not want to list outdated or "rusty" skills (per a separate recommendation), my recent achievements look different from 5+ years ones.
So, I am going with a dedicated section with technical skills in my resume for now. Does anyone have a better recommendation?