How do you add experience to a professional resume? When it comes to a career, everyone has a different amount and kind of experience to put on a resume. So, while you may know that you need to include your experience in your resume, you may be unsure how to do so in a way that is well-received by employers who review your resume. Here are some basic tips on how to address the topic of experience in your resume:
Include Employment History Though you probably already know that you need to include employment history on your resume, you may be unaware of how to do it correctly. First, the standard rule on including employment history is up to the past 15 years. Most employers expect ten years, and so, 15 years need only be included if that extra five years has a lot of crucial experience and vital information to include. This said, start with the most recent employer and include all relevant details.
Relevant Details What are the relevant details of your employment history? When creating a chronology of your employment history, make sure that you know what details to include in the sub section of each position. The basics are the following: dates you were employed, name of employer, city and state of the employer, and your position title. Once these basics are addressed you need to know how to handle the details of your position-meaning the responsibilities and achievements of each position.
Responsibilities and Achievements Under each employment position that you offer in your resume, you should include bulleted points of your most important and valuable responsibilities and achievements. You should include more than three, but do not go overboard by listing more than 9-10. Include the most pertinent, and start with action words to show your proactive nature and attention to action/results.
Where Does It Go? You may wonder-like many-where your career experience should go in the outline of your resume. In some cases, you may have noticed people give education details first; while in other cases, people put their employment history or career experience first. Which is correct? The basic rule is to put your employment history prior to the education, if you have more than five years experience working in your profession. If you have less than five years and are entry level, you should put your education details prior to your experience.
Other Experience So, what if you have other kinds of experience that is related to your position and/or career, but it isn’t exactly a position and isn’t exactly education; where does this experience go? Things like volunteer work, training certifications, and internships-as well as achievements in other clubs and hobbies; should be included in any professional resume-especially if the candidate has limited career experience. You should create another section in your resume to include these other types of experience, because they are not quite appropriate in other basic sections. Name it “Related Skills and Experience” or something to that effect, and list the details of these types of experience in the same format that you listed education experience.