As a print ad is used to market products and services, your resume is an advertisement to market yourself. A billboard is a great example to think about when writing your resume. Billboards are designed to convey an impactful message in a very short amount of time. Your resume should do the same. Keeping this in mind, something that is often overlooked is the proper way to show work experience in a resume.
Enter: hyperactive squirrel on drugs. Alway write your resume with the intent of delivering it to an audience with the attention span of a hyperactive squirrel on drugs. Spoon feed your most relevant information. Your resume will be more focused and you will get more call backs.
Use the first one or two bullet points to talk about major accomplishments under each job. Accomplishments are easy to quantify, which makes them a key addition to your experience. Don’t worry about sounding like you are bragging. It is not bragging if it is true. Your competition is bragging. When you list the remaining job duties at your previous positions, be prepared to talk about them in an interview.
It is a good idea to tweak experience on your resume for each job you apply for. Sure, this may amount to a lot of extra work, but it is worth it. By crafting your resume for each job you are apply to, you will show the most relevant experience related to each specific job.
Showing work experience in a resume properly will also help you better prepare for job interviews as you will be able to speak to each position in more depth.