Your job duties and experience is the main thing that employers look at on a resume, so get it right!
The work experience section is the core of your resume, where you are tasked with proving the skills you’ve listed in your qualification’s summary or career objective.
- Make sure that this section is easily identifiable: label it something simple such as “Relevant Experience”, “Work Experience” or “Professional Experience.”
- Remember to list your work experiences in reverse chronological order (this is the preferred method in Cayman!) and only list experience that is relevant to the job you are applying for.
- For each company create a heading including the company’s name, country (if applicable), your title, and the dates of employment (month and year).
- If you’re still currently working at a company, you can simply write “[month], [year]–present” for the employment dates.
Don’t Just Copy Your Prior Job Description
A lot of people copy and paste the job description from each position they have worked – whilst this may give an idea of what you did, it does not provide enough information (it can also make you come across as lazy). You will often have extra responsibilities given to you throughout your time in a certain company that are not listed in your general job description, and it could be these tasks that catch the eye of your next employer as they are the most relevant!
Write A Strong Bullet Point
When you list your experience, you will likely lay this information out in bullet points; you want to aim for at least 3-5 key points per job experience listed with each of your job duties being specific and listed in decreasing importance.
Your bullet point should consist of three main areas:
- Action verb (should always be first)
- Quantifiable point
- Specific and relevant job duty to the role you’re applying for
Trained 5+ cashiers, managing their cash limits and guaranteeing quality customer service at all times.
Spearheaded the development of the first media kit amalgamation for all company projects, increasing national sales by 8%.
Tailor Your Experience to the Job You’re Applying For
One strategy for making your experience section even better is to create it with a specific job advertisement/company in mind.
Find the main job duties, skills, and keywords in a job advertisement and then find examples in your own experience to mention this and strike a chord with the hiring manager. Read more on how to effectively tailor your resume here.
Take a look at your resume… Does it need some work??