Documenting your work experience is an essential part of your resume. This tells your story, where you have been, and the things you have done. This is also the place where you can “toot your own horn” by listing any significant accomplishments while you were employed there.
As an employer reads your resume, he will also learn about your character and work ethic.
We are going to create a timeline of your employment history, beginning with the most recent as your first one, and work your way backward, as if walking through your vocational history.
When you have completed your job description, spend a moment thinking about what you did at that job that would be considered “above and beyond.” Were part of a major IT implementation? Did you compose a policy that has been adapted for use at the company? Did you save the company money by making an innovative suggestion that was used?
This next video will demonstrate how to bullet those items under your job description…
It is important to include all periods that you did not work. Non-work periods will require at least a general explanation as to why there is a gap in your experience.
How far back in your past do you need to document?
There is no hard fast rule that says you have document every single job you have even had. For some that’s very good news. But before you decide to ditch the baggage after the ten or fifteen year mark, consider these two important factors. One, are you a federal government employee, who has the need to present your historical KSA’s or ECQ’s? Two, are you backed by a long career with increased responsibility and progressive skills in the same field? For example, the medical or law professions, military, police officers or executive offices all have to maintain historical data in the effort to move up and promote.
If you have a twenty year career, you most likely have an excellent background and therefore have valuable experience that should be included. However, to the contrary, if you have changed fields altogether, like I did going from IT to Law Enforcement, then it would be recommeded to stick with the experience that is most relevant to the job you are applying for.
When you have finished documenting all of your work experience, move back to the summary to continue.