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In order to compose the work history section of your resume, you must first take a look at the job description of the position you are applying for. You need to show that you have the skills and knowledge to fill the job vacancy, so by reading the job description you will be able to match your work experience to the position you are seeking.

Find keywords, duties, and responsibilities of your potential career in the job description. For example, if problem-solving is a keyword, then insert specific examples and experience with problem solving in your past work history. In agreement, if management is a responsibility, provide instances where you have had management experience in your past jobs.

If you are applying for a company, not just a specific position, pick the type of job you want and focus your work history on that. For example, pick “Inside Sales.” Use Google to search job descriptions for Inside Sales Representatives and compose your work history section to meet those criteria.

  • Use bullets to phrase your relevant work history. You do not need to include everything you did in your past jobs, just write bullets with skills applicable to your new employer.
  • Leave pronouns out of your work history such as “I” or “me.” This increases the professionalism of your resume and makes it easier for the audience to understand.
  • Quantify and prove relative successes with percentages, statistics, dollar amounts or specific dates.
  • Display your knowledge of the industry by using acronyms throughout your work history. If you used CSS, write “CSS” rather than “Cascading Style Sheets.”
  • If you have specific skills such as computer software or hand tools, you can include them in your work history, or you can list them in your “Summary of Skills” section of your resume.
  • Unless it is your only experience, don’t include positions such as your high school job at the grocer. Keep your work history short and relevant to your future career.

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Natalie Swanson – Marketing/Client Relations – Vision Staffing Solutions

July 25, 2012