Resume Writing – Work Experience

First and most important, I would like to say “Thank You” to MH from Chicago for sending me a resume after reading this blog; the opportunity to talk to you about resumes and networking was great. The conversation highlighted the need to have a good resume, and to showcase your skills while networking to find great positions. 

Back to resume writing, if you ask me what the most important part of a resume is, I would look at Work Experience.  This section details everything you’ve accomplished in your career and is the true heart of a resume. There could be a lot of information to put into a few sheets of paper, but it can be done.

Formatting is the first thing to look when creating your list of Work Experiences. Most people list Work Experiences in reverse-chronological order.  This means listing your current or most recent experiences first, and listing all other experiences after.

It is very important to make sure you are listing the correct experiences. If you have the specific skills or experiences that the position requires, be sure to list them in the Work Experiences section. You will want to be sure to stress these qualities while maintaining truthfulness and accuracy.

Finally, be sure to use enough detail when describing your Work Experiences. Offer details on your actions and results.  Here is an example.  “Managed five employees by setting performance expectations, coaching, and monitoring individual resulting in three employees receiving promotions“.  This sounds better than “Managed five employees“.  Wouldn’t you agree?

Plenty more detail about Work Experience will come in future posts, but here is a recap of my thoughts for today:

  • Most resumes list Work Experience in reverse chronological order, listing your current or most recent career first.
  • If you have the skills and experiences that are being sought, make sure you highlight them.  Be honest!
  • Add enough detail on your actions and results in the Work Experience section.     

This will do it for now; in future posts on Work Experiences, I promise there will be many more details to share.

In the mean time, I invite you to contact me to talk or share ideas.  As MH found, I am happy to connect with you. 

Take Care,

Scott

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