Experience

Employment Experience

  • List your most recent employment first and include the years of service and significant duties.
  • Highlight relevant employment, using a variety of vivid language to clearly explain responsibilities. “Designed and implemented marketing strategy” is better than “Helped with sales plan.” When an action verb is used with a direct object and level of accomplishment, the resulting phrase makes a much more complete and impressive statement. The combination describes what you did and how well you did it (i.e., Increased sales by 20 percent).

Related Experience

A Related Experience section keeps the most relevant information closer to the top of the resume while each section is still organized in reverse chronological order. Include any experience that relates to your employment goal, including paid positions, volunteer work, internships or coursework. You can also rename the section to fit your job goal, such as Nursing Experience or Communication Experience.

Additional Experience

Use this section to include work experience that does not relate directly to your employment goal, such as campus or summer jobs.

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