Long-term Employment: How To Format Your Resume
It’s true that most people are not staying employed at the same company for the majority of their careers. Nevertheless, on occasion, I still receive questions regarding how to format a resume, properly citing long-term employment. Here are 4 questions to ask yourself when constructing your resume after a long stint with the same employer.
Have You Changed Positions?
Chances are, if you have been with one company for more than five years, you have changed positions at least once. Don’t make the mistake of listing all your positions as one. Break down each position separately to show your upward progression within the organization. This can help to highlight your value to the organization.
What New Skills Have You Learned?
Try to focus on skills that are recent, and remove any skills that are no longer in use today. It’s very important to show your growth over the years, employers want to know that you have not been stagnant. Perhaps your company provided a training that is relevant to what you’re looking to go into, or maybe you took advantage of tuition reimbursement and obtained a new Degree, Graduate Certificate, or an industry related certification. Be sure that your resumes reflects your most recent accomplishments, as it could be a deciding factor when choosing between very similar candidates.
What Experience Do You Have That’s Related To Your Career Goals?
Be sure to include work experience that is directly related to the position that you are looking to move into. Think back on your time with the company. Were you assigned any duties that are related to your desired position? If so, be sure to add the information to your resume as it will certainly aide in your cause in finding the job you want.
What Mark Have You Left Behind?
You really want to focus on all the great things you have done over the years and highlight your accomplishments. Summarize what you did in each role in about 1-2 sentences, then use bullet points to focus on accomplishments. These accomplishments should give the reader a really good idea of what they can expect from you—as well what sets you apart from other candidates. Ask yourself if you were to leave the company today, what would the company would be missing. Do this for every position you have held, even outside of your current company.
I hope these tips help those that have been with one job for a long period of time. Utilize a career summary as opposed to an objective statement at the top of your resume. The career summary is a good way to introduce yourself to your future supervisor. Start by talking about what drew you to your current field of choice, what you are good at, and finish with what your career goals are going forward. If you have any resume or career related questions join me every Thursday for “Ask Me Thursdays” from 7pm -8pm EST. The directions are below.
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