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Properly sending your resume to multiple potential employers is an essential part of the job seeking process. Here are a few tips that will help your resume stand out among other applicants.

Resume Work Experience

Including strong as well as relevant job history can quite often be the best asset one can have with their resume. Contrary to popular belief, this part of a resume is the section employers take the most amount of time reviewing... so make it count!

You should begin the work experience section of your resume by thinking of your previous/current job titles and employers as one of the most important ingredients of your resume. It is important to try to impress your responsibilities at these jobs when writing a resume, even if your work history isn't perfect.

How to List Work Experience On a Resume:

  • List your previous jobs in reverse order, with the current or most recent first.
  • When stating the timelines of your previous employment, it is not necessary to specify months- years are just fine.

Writing Resume Work History:

  • DO NOT make it difficult for the reader to see where you've worked in the past, NEVER hide your work history on your resume.
  • If your resume is longer than 1.5 to 2 pages, leave out any work experience from your resume that is older than 10 years back- unless it is highly relevant to the new position you are currently seeking.
  • Show the employer what you can do for them by telling them not only what you did, but how well you did it both precisely and concisely.
  • Always refer the skills required for the job you are targeting, and then tweak your previous achievements based on the requirements of the job position you are targeting.
  • Employers don't like reading long lists of job responsibilities. Chances are your employer is already familiar with your line of work. Making your resume too lengthy in any section can exhaust your employer, causing them to overlook other parts of your resume. ALWAYS be precise & concise in your resume.

* Employment Gaps in Resume Work History:

  • A rule of thumb when writing a resume is if you have more then one year as an employment gap (period of no job) for any reason, DO NOT leave these years blank. It will be noticed and can be considered a negative point about you.
  • During employment gaps, it is always recommended to specify any supporting & relevant activities you were invloved in that strengthen your ability to fulfill the new job position you are seeking. Remember, employers are always interested in discovering the experience you have in relation to the position you are applying for.

You are always welcome to view resume samples (link found below).