Job Search Tips
The Sure Fire Formula to Make "Work History" Shine In Your CV
December 10, 2015
You've probably guessed it after not getting called back from that nth company you submitted your resume to—something's wrong. Perhaps looking over your CV again might give you a spark of light in finding out what the problem is. Here's a hint: It's the where you place your jobs. That's right. Work experience, work history, employment history, or whatever you call it is the most important part of a resume because it can make or break your chances of getting called for an interview. It's not just merely placing every job you've done in the last 3 years, you also have to think about the relevance of the job, and give important points to prove that you're the person hiring managers should consider. Not sure how to make that work? Here are just a few points we think you need to consider when writing your "Work Experience," and hopefully get great feedback the next time you submit your resume.
Paid jobs only, pleaseIn this section, only include the jobs that are relevant and those that you were paid to do. In this case, include full-time jobs, part-time jobs, project based jobs, or paid internships. Do not place your volunteer experiences here, instead make another section like "Other Experience."
What should be includedWrite your work experience in chronological order from the most recent and the most relevant first. However, don't make your list too long. Be selective. Everything should fit in one page—this makes it easier for hiring managers to scan everything about you. Don't try to insist in compounding information. Remember, you can always expound your work details once you're sitting across them. Here are the things you MUST include though:
- The name of the organization where you were employed.
- City where the organization is located.
- Position or title you held.
- Start and end date of employment (Month/Date).
- Brief description or bullet list of your responsibilities.