Experience

Samples

RELATED EXPERIENCE

COUNSELING EXPERIENCE

Whether you lead with your position title or the name of the organization is a matter of preference. Dates can either be placed in the left hand margin or at the end of each description. Try to group your experiences with your most relevant experiences being listed on top in a section entitled Related Experience. Another alternative would be to create sub-categories like Counseling Experience or Leadership Experience. You may find that grouping jobs by functional categories will aid you in organizing your resume.

It will also make it easy for the employer to read your resume. Employers should be able to follow a pleasing format which concisely highlights your skills, abilities and accomplishments.

Finally, have a friend read your resume and ask him or her to tell you the highlights that stood out in their mind. Hopefully, it will be the points you want to have stand out, otherwise you may have to restructure your resume. Here are some general points to keep in mind:

How far back should I go in terms of listing past jobs? Usually listing 3 or 4 experiences should suffice. If you did something back in high school which has a bearing on your future aspirations for employment, list the job. For the most part, though, high school jobs can be eliminated in place of college experiences.

Should I differentiate between paid and non-paid employment? Most employers are not as concerned about what you were paid as they are about how much responsibility you held and what you accomplished, so it is quite appropriate to place your crew, service experiences and internship(s) under this section. You could also place college activities under this section, particularly if you had a leadership or a management role.

What should I do about all of those odd jobs which indicate my willingness to work hard? Again, assess the skills that you gained in those jobs and how they might relate to the position for which you are applying. It may not be necessary to list all jobs. Some students elect to lump together a variety of jobs in a summary statement that suggests that you have worked steadily throughout college. A strong work ethic is important to some employers.

Should the Experience always follow Education on the resume? Lead with your strengths! If your past work closely relates to the employment you now seek, by all means push the experience section to the top of your resume. Similarly, if you are weak on the academic side but have a surplus of good experiences; consider reversing the order of your presentation to lead with work.

How should I present my accomplishments or work-related responsibilities? Be sure to convey any information that can give an employer a better understanding of the depth of your involvement at work. Did you supervise others? How many? Were you responsible for certain projects? Did you gain skills that are appropriate to the employer? Were you promoted? Did you work there for several years? Did you work two jobs at once? Where appropriate, quantify and don't be concerned with complete sentences. Write your statements in quick phrases that begin with action verbs.

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