CVS / NOV. 24, 2014
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How to Organise the Experience Section on your Resume

Don’t know how to organise your experience section on your resume? Luckily for you, there are many ways to structure your work experience to highlight you as a more attractive candidate to potential employers. The overall aim is to reflect your knowledge and skills in a way that catches the employers attention instantly.

Here are 5 tips on how you can do that:

#1 Paid employment only

Name your experience section “Work Experience”, “Previous Experience”, or “Employment History” and refer to full-time or part-time jobs you had, self-employment or internships for which you got paid. Don’t have paid work experience? That’s okay; you can still learn how to write a resume with no work experience!

If you have unpaid work experiences such as volunteering and charitable work that are worth mentioning, make sure that you include these in another section with a subheading “Relevant Experience” or “Other Experience”. This way you will make it clear enough to employers that even though you don’t have paid work experience you are definitely an active and self-motivated individual. 

#2 Keep it relevant and concise

Normally your resume should only be one page except when you have a lot of experience or you are applying for a managerial position. So, if you have a long previous employment, make sure that you:

  • Refer to the ones that are most recent (10-15 years is sufficient) and relevant to the position you are applying for.
  • Begin with the most important points and keep it concise by using 5 to 6 bullet points for the rest of your job duties.
  • Avoid using too many words as simplicity is appreciated more and try using less “I” as possible.  

 

#3 Formatting  

Keep your work experience section’s format clear and include all important information in regards to each position you held including:

  • Job title/position
  • Dates of employment: month/year
  • Name of company and location
  • Bulleted list of your responsibilities

 

Since there is no standard format for the experience section, you can choose which one is appealing to the eye. Many candidates choose to split text in 2 columns with dates of employment on the left and other information on the right. Why not follow Europass CV examples as a guide for your CV or even create one for yourself? Having a Europass CV could be a great asset when applying for jobs throughout Europe!

#4 Daily job duties

Don’t fall into the trap of just describing the job while writing down your daily duties. Refer to the job performance and what you did that quantifies your results. For example, you can use percentages to explain how much profit you managed to bring in to the organisation and how you helped the company expand its target audience by attracting more clients.

#5 Target your experience with your goal

Make sure that you target your experience with your career goal and specifically to the position you are applying for. Think about how your previous experience will help you get the job, paying attention to the job duties and skills you have developed from previous employment and using keywords.

Make the necessary changes on your experience section of your resume and if you are still having a difficult time getting interviews you may want to review your resume as a whole and make more changes where appropriate. Generally, your resume should be concise, written in a coherent format and relevant to the job role, so it might need to be adjusted to the needs of each position you are applying for.

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