Employment History

Your resume employment history or work experience statements will be examined by employers in great detail, so it’s critical that your presentation and content make an impact.

The following resume tips will help you structure each component of your employment history section of the resume.

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Job Title

Generally Job titles are placed at the beginning of each statement usually on the upper left side. You can be different and position according to a particular template layout.

You might consider changing a job title to more accurately reflect your previous work

  • It is okay to change a job title on your resume as long as you do it honestly
  • It is about providing accurate & honest information on what you have done, can do and will do in the future
  • This way also demonstrates initiative and progressive career development
    • Excellent multi-taskers
    • Proficient at managing limited resources
    • Determined individual
    • Most employers are mainly interested in what you have been doing recently
    • Any jobs before 10 years is unlikely to make a significant to your next job
    • But if it supports or fits in with your current career aspiration then use a summary statement such as:
    • No one wants to hire an obvious job hopper , unless it’s a job that normally has a high turnover like a waiter or construction worker

    Use the language of your target market. If you are looking outside your company, don’t lapse into company jargon in your resume

    Consider alternative title descriptions, for example:

    Teacher to Trainer or Instructor

    Show in the resume that you understand the industry

    Include self-employment in your resume but do not make up inflated titles, simply put as “Self-employed

    Some skills employers usually associate with self-employed people:

    Therefore it is a positive inclusion on your resume if you are or have been self-employed

    Think about your target employer and how you should position your background or previous job titles for that target

    Get rid of company and industry jargon in the resume – use an appropriate job title that can be easily understood by most readers.

    Same job- new industry

    If you want to move into a new industry or profession, state your job titles generically in your resume so people will not see you as tied to the old

    For example: “Own Tutoring Business” to “Teaching Private School”

    Combining the new with the old is a good way to move your career in a different direction

    This way you can separate yourself from other candidates and show that you are different, have the skills to do the job, and can also do other things that these people can’t do

    This way you don’t have to come in at the entry level

    Employer Name

    Employer Names are placed at the beginning of each statement usually on the upper left side together with Job Titles. You can be different and position according to a particular template layout.

    If you’ve worked for brand-name employers, highlight their names in your resume

    If you get paid by a Temporary employment service, use the name of the company that you have been sent to do the work for in the resume, unless it is in your best interest not to mention them

    If it serves you better to name the Temporary employment service then do so

    If you have had a number of short term works in a given time frame, it is usually best to list the employers in your resume that you did the work for and not the company that paid you

Date of Employment

  • Dates of employment on a resume provide an employer with an indication of-
  • Experience
  • Stability
  • Continuity of employment
  • Career progression
  • Or lack of all the above points

How you present dates of employment in your resume is critical to the employers’ impression of your suitability for the position. Avoiding Red Flags in your resume with breaks or unexplained gaps is importantDates should appear at the end of titles, employers, and descriptions.

If you have just recently left a job, it is still ok to put your employment date as current on the resume. This approach may not be suitable for everyone.

It is a judgment call depending on how long you have been out of the job, but it will give you a much better chance to be selected to a job interview.

If you have a short employment period don’t include the months put in the year only but remember to be consistent throughout the resume

Recent jobs only

Prior 2000 a variety of junior jobs in engineering and retailing (mention the industry sector not job titles)

Job hoppers need to rework their employment history section to avoid highlighting any obvious red flags in their resume

A typical example of job hopping in a resume looks like this:

Assistant Manager, Trebles Gourmet: July 2005 to Present

Guest Relations, Fortney’s Seafood: February 2004 to March 2005

Assistant Manager, Jake’s Lounge: June 2003 to December 2003

Waiter, D & K Restaurant: December 2002 to April 2003

Waiter, Joe’s Bar and Grill: June 2002 to September 2002

This show this person will most likely last for 6 months. Would the employer hire this person?

Look at grouping them together on the resume and then summarize your experience in functional terms like:

“Restaurant operations and management: 2002 to present”

If invited to a job interview this person will have a chance to explain that they have been going to school full time while working part time

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