Currently hitting a wall when writing out your job history? For many job seekers, if you’ve bounced around between jobs and industries, you may be worried you’ll look flightly or indecisive to a potential employer. However, by framing your job history in the right way, you can shape the way you appear to a hiring manager, helping you land your next job. Here’s how.
Tell your story
You’re unique and on your very own journey when it comes to your career. This doesn’t have to come across as something negative to a potential employer! Just the opposite—if you structure your resume to help guide the reader through your job choices, you’ll make it much easier to add the “why” behind what you’ve been up to.
Start with your resume summary
Stay away from bulleted lists and bland descriptions! Simply tell a short story as your resume summary. Begin with your inspiration—what you’re hoping to accomplish in your career. For example, you started in XYZ position as a [title] with the dream of moving forward into XYZ position. Then, go on to describe briefly why you moved into the jobs you have. This helps set up your reasoning as the reader peruses the rest of your resume.
Use each last bullet wisely
Following your summary section comes the dreaded job history section of your resume. But have no fear—you’ve already started explaining to the employer or hiring manager the reasons for your job choices. So to continue your story, in your job section, for each job you list, use the last bullet to briefly explain why you left the job for the next job on the list.
Be more descriptive in your job history
As you list each job, rather than only listing the company name and your title, instead list a statement about your role. For example, “I worked at [XYZ] company, which [what the company does in its industry], as a [overview of why you were hired to work at that company, how you helped or what you accomplished].”
Maximize your cover letter
When it comes to telling stories, your cover letter is an excellent tool. Your cover letter should be more narrative in format than your resume, so use this to your advantage when describing your motivation during your career. Explain your passion and reasoning, and even include a brief anecdote that helps illustrate your point. The more you can bring your career journey to life, the better you’ll paint a positive image in the mind of a hiring manager.
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