Labour Source Job Ready Tips – The Resume Part 2

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In Part 2 of our series on the Resume we cover work history. Interested in reading other posts on The Resume? Look for our blog posts on Part 1, Part 3, and Part 4 in the resume series.  

Job Search Tip – Resume Work History – Go back 10 years.

Your resume should include your most recent work history. The general rule of thumb is to include all work history in the last 10 years, beginning with the most recent and working back. Work history older than 10 years is typically not included. Some exceptions include situations where you performed work relevant to the job you are applying for or there is a long gap of no work history. 

Job Search Tip – Include Name and Location of Employer(s).

Your resume work history should include the name and location of the places you worked. For example: Tim Hortons, Brampton, ON. Potential employers will want to know the name and location of the employer you worked for and they may ask you for a reference. It is very important that your resume is accurate. 

Job Search Tip – Include Start and End dates for your job(s).

Your resume work history should include the start and end dates for each job you held. Include the month and year. For example: March 2014 to October 2015. Employers want to know how long you worked somewhere. Was it 1 month, 3 months or 1 ½ years? It is very important that you understand the details on your resume. 

Job Search Tip – Include Job Title(s).

Your resume work history should include a job title for each position. If the job title used by the employer does not clearly describe what you did – pick a common term that most people would understand. For example, choose General Labourer instead of Blue Room Clerk 1. You want potential employers to quickly understand what type of work you did. A common job title will help people know what work you performed. 

Job Search Tip – Include 2 to 4 Job Duties for each position.

Your resume work history should include 2 to 4 job duties for each position you held. Employers want to know what you did each day. Use action words – operate drill press; load skids; drive forklift; inspect bottles; assemble boxes; sweep floor… In your description include machinery, tools and equipment you operated. If the position required a license include this information. List the most important duties first and those duties that you spent most of your time performing. Make sure the job title and the 2 to 4 job duties provide a good summary of your work experience. It is ok to use common jargon for your industry. However, avoid using terms that are not commonly known or are specific to a company. Be prepared to answer specific questions about your job duties and the skills you learned. 

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Carol Irwin is a Labour Source's Human Resource Consultant.  The content of this blog reflects Carol's personal and professional insights of this ever changing world.