Before continuing with your experience or work history section consider whether you want to present your education section first.
Lead with your strongest information. If you are a new graduate or and experienced worker looking to leverage your degree for career advancement or transition, list your education first.
This section is the most important part of your resume and will take the most time to write. An effective format for writing your experience is to list your accomplishments and describe your contributions using short bulleted phrases that begin with strong action verbs.
This section could be called employment, work history employment history, experience, professional experience with some variation thereof. In addition to formal employment, it could also include internships or significant unpaid experience if not listed elsewhere on your resume.
For each experience on a chronological resume, include the following:
- Job title
- Company Name, City, and State (exact street address is not necessary)
- Dates of employment (include month and year)
- Next, list your experience using short bulleted phrases that focus on your accomplishments and skills. (This format makes it easier for your potential employer to quickly scan your resume while still absorbing the content.)
Project Manager, ABX Corp., Washington, D.C. 06/20XX-07/20XX
- Successfully managed upgrade from XYZ 6.30 to XYZ 8.1, completing the transition seamlessly, on-schedule, under budget, and with negligible disruption to users.
- Created policies and procedures of project management for corporate services group.
- Spearheaded and directed data clean- up efforts ultimately leading to the successful conversion of base records.
- Lead with your relevant strengths.
- Use keywords and phrases that match the company's position description and industry terminology.
- It is not necessary to include information about everything you did. Be thoughtful and strategic about your content.
- Begin bulleted statements with a strong, specific action verb.
- Use present tense for your current position, past tense for all other.
- Refrain from using pronouns such as "I" or phrases that begin with "Responsible for" or "Duties included."
- Provide quantifiable information, details and context which demonstrate your contribution (for example: Managed a team of 6, Exceeded standards by 35%, Held sales loss to 2% in a market where average decline was 7%.)
- Too many bullet points dilute your most important information (and discourage the reader). Concentrate on presenting only your most important information.
- Typically, your most recent position is the most important. The older the position, the less info is needed.