Skills on resume?

How important is the skills section on a resume if you display and demonstrate all your skills in the job description section?

Is it worth it to repeat certain skills, and what skills merit a mention if you do decide to add in a “Skills” section?

Also, how long should a financial resume be? Let’s say I am going for a pricing specialist position, is 1 page the industry preferred format, or is 2 pages okay as well?

If your work experience already clearly demonstrates your skills, then don’t bother re listing the skill in a separate section

And also keep it to one page for sure, unless you have a decade or more of experience

Hey Ryan,

So I take it the prop gig did not turn out well in Toronto? What happend over there?

Oh hey middleclass,

It wasn’t too bad, however, the timeline of becoming good enough to support yourself and pay your bills is unsustainable for me and I have to exit, unfortunately. There are costs involved too, so there are quite a few sacrifices to me made. If I had the financial resources I would stay of course, however at this point, it is more rational for me to move on to a more traditional career and maybe return to trading in the future.

Depends what kind of skills you’re talkng about. For work related skills I’d list them below the job description IE:

Shinzo Co.

Associate Ninja 1999-2003

Worked on high profile high profile sluething, and …

Relevant skills:

  • Nunchucks
  • Throwing Stars
  • Matching wardrobe with wallpaper

Ryan, can you shoot me an e-mail at

I’d like to learn more about your prop experience

You’re going to have to find a way to include those skills in your job description. Show how those skills allowed you to do your job.

@Former trader,

Thank you,

I think this is the best way. That is what i’ve done. I’ve taken the most relevant skills in included them in my job description along with the results they helped me achieve. This looks much more dynamic in my opinion.

Great. Let me know how it goes.

Well, thank you, had an interview today and one more on Monday.


If you get to the offer stage, don’t forget to be assertive (you get to set the ‘anchor,’ the figure that affects the trajectory of the negotiation). People who make very high first offers often end up with a much better result. The first offer can pull the other person in its direction.