This is Exactly How You Should List Work Experience on Your CV

This is Exactly How You Should List Work Experience on Your CV

The biggest mistake people make when writing their work experience is copying the bullet points from their current job description or listing all their job duties and responsibilities.

The truth is while recruiters care to know that you have the desired skills and can perform the required day to day tasks. They also want to see how you can go above and beyond your normal job duties to help them reach their goals. In other words, they want to see how you can do the job better than other candidates.

Your work experience section should demonstrate:

  • Core Skills –- your previous jobs that have the skills needed for the job you’re applying to

  • Consistency – demonstrating that you stick to a job for long periods of time

  • Progression – moving to more senior positions

  • Learning – a record of new skills being learned

  • Accomplishments – quantify your achievements where possible  

 

In which order should you list your work history?

Generally speaking, you should list your work history chronologically, starting with your most recent position. However, if you find that a position that you had a few years back is more relevant to the job you’re applying to, you can move it up or add it under a separate section titled, “Relevant Work Experience.”

 

What about the format?

Job title

  • Always use your official job title. E.g. Administrative Assistant

 

Company name

  • Write the company name in full using the correct spelling. Check the job posting or their website to make sure you’re using the proper name.

 

Dates

  • List the months and years you worked in each job. For a contract less than a year long, you can indicate the months worked in brackets.

 

Location

  • Include the specific location if you worked with companies that have multiple locations like retailers, restaurants, etc.

 

Responsibilities and Achievements

  • Create a bullet list of four to six statements describing your accomplishments that give the employer a sense of your job responsibilities.

  • Choose your most impressive professional achievements.

  • Focus on your job duties and skills that best match the position you’re applying to.

  • Use the same keywords in your resume that are in the job posting.  

  • Start your bullet points with powerful action verbs that show your diverse capabilities, e.g. managed, monitored, collaborated, analyzed, etc.

  • Use past-tense for previous jobs (organized, met) and present tense (organize, meet) for your current role.                                                                                      

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