Professional Experience section you will list your employers, job titles, and
dates of employment in a reverse-chronological order; that is, your most
recent job comes first, followed by your next most recent job, and so on.
This format is standard and is expected by all hiring managers
and admissions directors.
With regard to employment dates:
Generally speaking, hiring managers prefer years
of employment, rather than months and years (i.e. 1999 - 2003 as
opposed to May 1999 - April 2003). However,
some college admissions programs want specifics when it comes to dates, so
itís best to use precise dates when applying to graduate school.
In the Professional Experience section you will
also include daily tasks and responsibilities beneath the appropriate
employer listing. If youíve
included a Career Accomplishments section in your resume, you should not
repeat that data here. Once
data is presented in a resume, it must not be repeated.
To ensure that your daily tasks are presented
in an interesting and easy-to-read manner, you should do the following:
a bulleted format. This breaks
up large blocks of text that could prove daunting to a hiring manager.
unnecessary articles and adjectives. Your
sentences should be short and snappy.
each sentence with an action verb. This
quickens the pace of your writing and
makes the text more enjoyable to read. For a comprehensive choice of
please use this link: Power
An example of a bulleted format, pared down
writing, and sentences beginning with power verbs follows: (Again, we use our
those jobs where you are still currently employed, write your job duties
in the present tense.
those jobs in the past, write the responsibilities you held in the past
Professional Experience can be captured and showcased in three formats:
In the functional
format, you are stressing what you know over where you gained your
experience. This works for those who have strong skills, but a weak employment
In the chronological
format, you are providing a work history dating back from the present.
This is the most common format and is generally preferred by hiring managers.
In the combination
format, you are stressing what you know in one section, while also
providing work history dating back from the present in another.
This is a highly popular modern format.