Although resumes are supposed to list career accomplishments, a big concern to many applicants is dating yourself, or going too far back in your work experience time line.
When creating a résumé the best approach is to take a look at what the particular job listing you are considering to apply for and think about what your current career goals are, what previous work experience do you have that is relevant to the position and what is the purpose of applying for the job.
The best way to simplify your work experience on your résumé is to:
1.List all work experiences. List all of your jobs starting with the current job. To the list add employment information such as address, telephone number and contact at those jobs.
2.Determine how much experience you have. By examining all of the job titles and the responsibilities from the jobs, you can create categories of work experience and how many years you have.
3.Organize the information. A résumé should be at least two pages long, however since most people have had multiple jobs you want to make sure that the jobs that will go on this particular resume are related to the job posting. Use the summary section of your résumé to highlight other responsibilities that are not listed on the résumé.
4.Use your cover letter wisely. Your cover letter can describe work experience that may not be actually listed on the résumé because you worked at a particular place for a short time period.
Your résumé does not have to list every single job you have held, it should reflect any experience and skills relevant to the position you are going after. By structuring your résumé in a manner to simplify your work experience you can highlight the qualities that make you the best candidate.
Malka Maxwell currently lives on the East Coast of the United States with her children. She is a member of APBW. How To Get Ahead With Resumes(revised) is her first book.
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