How do I format my work experience?
We recommend listing 3-5 bulleted examples under each position in a standard resume format. Each bullet point should be a complete sentence, about one line in length.
How many years of work history should I include?
For a standard chronological resume, we recommend going into detail for the past 10-15 years of your work history. Include more examples for the most recent positions and fewer for older ones. For jobs held more than 15 years ago, list only job title, employer, and location.
In what order do I list my jobs?
Use reverse chronological order; show the most recent first and work backwards to the earliest position.
I am returning to the workforce. How do I include my time off work?
For people who have taken a break from the workforce, we recommend a functional or hybrid resume format. These formats present your experience based on your skills rather than in chronological order. Your resume should be focused on what you are bringing to the employer, and less focused on time you were not in the workforce. Your cover letter is the best place to explicitly address the time period you were off the workforce due to family concerns, health issues, or other factors.
What if I don't have any work experience?
List any volunteer, scholastic or community experience that you have. Be specific about what you participated in and your accomplishments. If you have relevant internship experience, list it under your work experience section.
Do I need to include dates for my work history?
Yes, you should include starting and ending dates for each employer listed in the work history section. It’s best to show both months and years. If you decide to show only years, a discerning hiring manager may wonder why you aren’t providing more detail. Once you choose a format, stick to it and stay consistent throughout the resume.
What is Employer location?
Employer location means the city and state where you worked for the Employer. In a standard resume, it’s not necessary to include a street name or building number.
What does “Employer” mean?
Employer refers to the name of the organization or company where you worked. If you were employed by an individual instead of an organization or company, use that person’s full name as the Employer.
I worked for a temporary agency. How do I list that experience?
Temporary work can be treated in the same way as other work history. List the agency as the employer, followed by the location and the dates of employment. Use an appropriate title, such as “Inventory Clerk,” “Administrative Support,” or other general position title.