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How To Include Work History In Your Resume

By: JobGet
Jun 5, 2020 • 3 min read

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A resume has many vital parts, but perhaps the most important of them all, is including your past work experience. Hiring managers know what you do in general, and any special experience you have had. If you are applying for the role, it means you most likely have the qualifications that they are looking for. However, they want to see what practical past experience you have. Here are some tips that will help you showcase your previous work experience on your resume. 

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Show Your Achievements

Putting work history on your resume isn’t merely about indicating the job title and your duties. Most of the candidates will already do that. To stand out from the others, it is best to highlight your achievements on the job. In essence, rather than just using this section to show what you did, it would be a better idea to show how well you did it. Let this simple rule guide you in putting work history on your resume. 

How Many Previous Jobs Should You Include? 

Another common question candidates have is the number of previous job experiences recruiters want to see on your resume. There is really no specific answer to this question. How much work history to include really depends on how much relevant past experiences that you have. For instance, a candidate for a senior-level job may consist of as much as 15 years of relevant job experience. Junior-level candidates may not have as much job experience in terms of years. For such a candidate, you may include a detailed description of a few positions that are relevant to the job, and briefly mention other positions such as temporary gigs, freelancing, and internship positions. Even if you have no professional work experience, you may include any paid or unpaid work experience that you have. This includes volunteer positions and internships. The keyword here is relevant job experience. As much as possible, try to list work experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for. 

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Standout With Formatting 

As mentioned, recruiters lookout for this section, so I recommend that you make it stand out. Here are some tips to keep in mind. 

  • Label the section and subsections clearly: There are really no specific rules for naming this section, but titles like Work Experience, Employment History, Work History, etc. Are recommended. 
  • Put the section in the right spot on your resume: the proper place to place this section is under your resume summary if you have a lot of professional experience. If you don’t have an extensive work history, then you can place this section below the section that summarizes your education history. 
  • List work experience in reverse chronological order: Include up to five bullet points under each job. Try to focus more on your measurable achievements on the situation rather than just duties. 
  • Tailor your work history to align with the new position you are applying for. Check for keywords in the job description and find ways of including them in your work history. 

By following these simple tips, you should be able to write a work history section that captivates recruiters when they take a look at your resume. It might just be what you need to land you a job. What are your resume tips? Tweet us and share! For more helpful content, check out our blog. 

 

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