The resume’s primary purpose is to sell you, the job candidate, as the best contender for an open position. If you have some work history, the bulk of your resume will be taken up with your experience. Let’s talk about which jobs to list, how to list them, and how to describe them.
Format Your Job Titles
The average HR Representative isn’t spending much time on the first resume review. They will want to know if you have the required experience, where you’ve worked, and how long you’ve done the work. With that in mind, make your job titles easy to find by using Bold, Italics, or Underlines. Something like –
The Job Title and Company Name is in bold, the dates are set to the side in italics, and all of this information is one size larger than the accompanying description text. Make sure to repeat this format each time down the
No Jobs More Than Ten Years Old
The first thing to consider on listing jobs is how much they will sell you as a candidate for the position. With changes in the workplace, experience from more than ten years ago may not be that relevant to what the jobs require now. Second, though age discrimination is against the law and should not happen, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t ever happen. Don’t allow your resume to tag you as “old” before you get a face to face meeting.
The exception to the rule is if the job requires experience that you haven’t had in more than ten years. For example if you apply to a position that requires you to have worked in concrete and you last did that fifteen years ago, list the position on your resume. In this situation you can either list only the job that is of importance, or you can list every job from the required experience through your current job, using short descriptions for jobs that are less relevant.
Use Bullet Points
Underneath your job titles you will list what your job duties were at each position. The job description section should also be easy to read. Bullet points make the experience more convenient for the eyes to follow and direct the reader to the important keywords. Use third-person, past-tense format for these statements, i.e. “Communicated needs effectively within team and to customers.” Don’t use the words I or Me.
Tune Your Work Experience
To tune your resume means to customize your resume specific to the position you’re applying for. The easiest way to tune a resume is to get the Job Description from the job listing and take keywords from that and put directly into your work history. If a job description says they need a good communicator, show times in your work history to identify how you’ve communicated with coworkers or the public in the past.