These sections are important factors that determine whether or not you will be favorably considered for the role.
Among them, the work experience section is the most difficult one because there are so many ways you can list your previous job and your achievements or highlights. So how can you put it in a concise, attractive, and professional style so that you can get the phone call from HRs?
Below, we'll go over how to write work experience section of your resume in such a way that will set you apart from other candidates.
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A good Summary Section should be able to summarize the highlights of your entire career, your work experience, and the major professional skills you have developed on the way. The goal is simple, grabbing the readers’ attention so they will continue reading your following resume sections.
After optimizing your opening statements and catching the recruiter's attention, it is time to tell them that you are exactly what they are looking for, and your work experience section is the best way to do that.
The following content should be in your work experience section:
- Job title and position
- The company/ organization name
- The company's location
- Duration spent at the company
- Responsibilities and achievements
Your job title should be accurate and official, which does reflect your real role in the work. The reason is that recruiter may have a chance to call your previous company and validate your work history.
So never make up a work experience and put it on your resume. It is just a matter of time before people will figure it out.
Write down the official name and address of your previous company, and test if you can find the company by searching the company name, which you will use in your resume, on Google.
Most people use the standard month-year format (mm/yyyy or mm-yyyy) to list the duration of each previous job.
If you have a period where you were not working, don't just ignore it and go ahead with your next experience. Recruiters are often quick to assume the worst about gaps.
Rather, explain what happened in concise terms before moving on.
HR cares more about what changes you have brought to the company while you were working there, which means you need to spend your energy on highlighting your achievements. There are certain ways to help you do that, and we will talk about them in the following section.
When writing out your work experience, you should start with your recent work experience and work your way downwards.
In other words, write it down in a reverse chronological order.
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Katonah, NY 10536
Jan 2014 - May 2019
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Buffalo, MN 55313
Jan 2009 - Dec 2013
A great resume should have a consistent work experience format and be easy to follow.
The ideal resume length is one or two pages, and seeing as your work experience section isn't the only section your resume will have, you have to make it as concise and clear as possible.
Your work experience section should clearly showcase that you have the necessary skills that will make you indispensable to that organization.
Therefore, you must arrange and format your work experience section in such a way that will leave the recruiters no choice but to invite you over for an interview.
A typical mistake many job seekers make on their resumes is to list their responsibilities at their previous jobs instead of their achievements.
Recruiters are more interested in how you helped your previous organization and any quantifiable result being produced from your work, not necessarily the tasks you had to carry out.
So, your work experience section is the place to brag about your accomplishments and achievements. You don't get points for being humble about your accomplishments.
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Examples of typical achievements for a job:
- Expenses you reduced
- Revenue you generated
- Social media follower you increased
- Customer satisfaction rate you increased
- Product return rate you reduced
- Ideas and innovations you introduced
- System you developed
- Awards and Honors you won
- Funding you received
Never use paragraphs to list your achievements or responsibilities. There are many ways to save space, but this is the least way you want to do it.
Listing your achievements in bullet points makes your content easy to read, which means they can read further in your resume within the same time frame.
But it doesn’t mean you can list bullet points as many as you want.
Try to keep your bullet points up to five at most per each job.
As we said earlier, your work experience section is all about bragging about yourself. So if you've received some award or recognition at your previous workplace, you should include them.
You can list all of them under a separate award and recognition section or include them under each company's responsibilities and achievements section.
Another tip to help your resume stand out amongst those of other candidates is to ensure that you start every achievement with an action word.
Examples of action words to use are:
Organized, developed, created, facilitated, improved, increased, optimized, and so on.
While action words will impress recruiters, keywords will ensure that your resume makes it past the applicant tracking software (ATS) that most companies use to streamline their employment process.
To know which keywords to include, study the job ad and take note of the skill and qualification requirements that keep appearing. Then, make sure to include them in your work experience section.
One of the things you can do to stand out further is to tailor your resume to the job description.
Try as much as possible to write your resume in such a way that will show that you are perfect for the role.
For example, if the job ad says they want a product designer who can design for both mobile and desktop, it would help to specify that you've done something like that in your previous work experiences.
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