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What Needs to be Included in Your Career History?

8/22/2012 1:38:10 PM

Don't Submit Your Entry-Level Resume without Showcasing By Erin Kennedy, Certified Professional Resume Writer

One of the most important sections of your resume is your employment history. This is also one of the most interesting areas for potential employers. It will give them an idea of a few things: how long you have been working, if the work you have been doing is similar to what they do, and what you may have achieved in each position. A well-written employment history will give potential employers an idea of how you would fit in working for their company.

Employers are looking for quick, impressive information in a resume. Each entry in your work experience should look something like this:

Job Title/Dates of Employment (years)

Company Name, City State

Brief Narrative

* Achievement
* Achievement
* Achievement

This is merely an example. There are many other formats out there to document your employment history, and they should all have the same basic information: dates of employment, the name of the company you worked for, where the company is located, job title, and your duties and achievements. You should include your most impressive on-the-job functions, as well as the ones that are the most like what you would be doing at the new company.

Including the right information in your employment history may be the key to landing an interview, and then, hopefully an offer.

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About the Author

Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR, is a Certified Professional & Executive Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services, Inc., home to some of the best resume writers on the planet. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of 10+ best-selling career books. She has achieved international recognition following yearly nominations and wins of the prestigious T.O.R.I. (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award. Erin has written thousands of resumes for executives and professionals.

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