In this video, learn how to create a resume that showcases your real-world work experience. Is "work experience" preferable to "professional summary"? Also, learn how to label the section, where to place information, and how to format your experience.
- The heart of your resume is your experience. This section is where you back up the claims you make in your objective and/or your summary of qualifications. If you listed something in either of those earlier sections, you want to make sure you include it here, which is why writing your professional experience first is a good way to go. If you begin by writing this section, the other sections will be much easier to write. So, how should you present your professional experience? For starters, what label do you use? I recommend using professional experience or just experience. I've also seen people use professional background, or work experience. As long as it makes sense, and you can explain it and it's professional, you can use it. Your professional experience needs to include the following, the name of the company where you worked, the geographic location of the company, your job title, dates of employment, and your duties and responsibilities. Your experience is the heart of your resume but because of the subjectivity of resumes, it is a good idea to lay out the content in the standard format that most recruiters expect to see. That format consists of listing the name of the company where you worked above your most recent job title. This information should appear to the left of the page with the dates of employment appearing closest to the right margin. This is important because this is where information is expected to appear. If it isn't there, a recruiter may not take the time to look for it. And putting information in places other than where they're expected to be, takes up the recruiter's time, time, which instead of being spent evaluating your skills is now being spent evaluating why you made the decision to go against the grain. Where on the resume you put the location of your job isn't as important, but it should be included. And what you are including is the city where you work, not the city where the company's headquarters are located. Don't make a recruiter guess if your last job was in their local city or across the country. When adding jobs to your experience section, each job should contain at least three listed responsibilities. If you can't come up with more than two relevant job functions, it will not only look bad on your resume, but you'll have a tough time talking about that job during the interview. And subconsciously, something appears to be lacking. To avoid this, take some time to really assess your job responsibilities. You'll find that you have done much more than you give yourself credit for. If you're really having a difficult time, ask a coworker or a friend who knows you well for some suggested language. A potential employer would like to see that you have a proven track record of success. Anytime you can use numbers, you should. Sales is an easy place to do this. And the person reading your resume would love to see that you increased sales by x amount. But numbers and measurements apply to many other job functions. You might say you trained x number of people, improved efficiency by x percent, or decrease spending on supplies by x percent year over year. You get the idea. Your experience section needs to demonstrate stability, longevity, and leadership qualities. If others have already entrusted certain responsibilities to you, then your future employer will be happy to do the same. Now that you know what this section should consist of, start assessing your past jobs. What were your duties and responsibilities? What have prior employers entrusted you to do?
Stacey explains what to include and exclude on a resume and how to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right format, tailoring information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Explain how to present your experience on a resume.
- Identify where spell check will not catch mistakes.
- Recognize the proper way to present your dates of employment in your professional experience section.
- Recall when you will need a traditional resume in the entertainment business.
- Explain what you could do to fill in the void on your resume when you have been unemployed for over six months.
- Name the benefits of sending a handwritten thank-you note following an interview.
- Identify some things you can do to help you identify and eliminate red flags before applying for a job.