How to write resume work experience ?
Writing a resume work experience is an art. Since, it forms the main section of the resume. Being one of the most difficult parts of the resume, it must contain the candidate’s jobs, volunteer work, projects, and other relevant experiences. Each description of the candidate’s work history and volunteer experience should be written in a clear and concrete manner but they must be described clearly. HR manager or employer must be aware of the candidate’s responsibilities, skills, strengths and accomplishment after reading the work experience.
Here are some of the tips for writing :
- Start writing the work experience from beginning with each item by stating the name of the place, location, dates, and job title.
- Always list the experiences in reverse order (mentioning the current experience first).
- Describe the responsibilities in sharp and concise statements. Give more importance to the skills and strengths of the candidates, which are often identified as being important to their field and subject.
- Try to include industry specific key words in very possible manner.
- Exhibit the potential employers exactly how the candidate can fit their position and their company.
- While writing the experience under each employer, position title, and time frame candidate should include a brief paragraph or a few bullets highlighting their experience.
- Though description is good, don’t describe everything. Since, it could bore the reader. Use present tense for those activities which are ongoing and past tense for those with which the candidate are no longer involved or participating.
- Always use year to year to format for describing the experience, since it will help the employer with a more personal opportunity to explain any potential breaks in employment.
- For each employer, include the job title. If the candidate is promoted by the employer, list the final position and list this accomplishment as one of the bullet points.
- Never use words like "I," "and," "the," and the use of any pronouns and prepositions.
- Try to add value to the description through quantities while highlighting the accomplishments and responsibilities. Use numbers, amounts, dollar values, and percentages. For example, Handled monthly payment more than Rs 10 lakhs, Supervised and trained more than 40 candidates etc.
- Never ever describe the companies which the candidate has worked. Always describe the responsibilities and achievement not the company.
Many people are writing different kinds of work experience, for example, they segregate achievements and employment details differently. All achievements and skills are categorized according to the main requirements of the target job, while employment history only shows the company name, designation and duration. They use the style because, this style focuses on the skills instead of the job designation. It suits well with the fresh graduates with limited experience or anyone with big gaps in employment.
Some people also follow a combined style, where the format of the resume is very flexible. It helps them to re-arrange in a better way which can add value to the strength and skill set. But these resumes are mostly used by top managers, executive level officers etc.