Resume Experience – What to include

When you start writing your resume 2018, most common situation you faced – when you don’t really know where to start and what should you include to your resume. Some candidates are trying to include important information, which will attract hiring manager’s attention. Some candidates include really useless information – which would only irritates HR’s. Anyway, all candidates has something to write about in their resumes.

resume 2018 experience section

When your resume experience section need to be listed right way!

And when we’re talking about resume sections, which are really important in each resume – EXPERIENCE section. Doesn’t matter what resume format or resume template you decided to use writing your resume, your experience section is a core.

Experience section – how to list information

Before you even start writing or polishing your resume, it’s a good idea to follow some useful suggestion, which could help you to list your experience in the right way. As you already know, there are the most common resume formats, which hiring managers already know and which you’d better to follow. So, when you decided to use the one of such formats, you need to know all the aspects on how and where it’s better to list your experience. It’s a hard thing to do and it’s not a strict instructions you must follow. It’s more like recommendations, which could help you to make your resume looks more professional. And as you know, professional resumes are more likely to read by HR’s of all levels.

Now, we’re going to talk about the most common resume formats and will give you some instructions on how to list your experience.

  • Functional resume format. When you are using functional resume template, you need to keep in mind, that this type of resume was created to show your skills over experience. That’s why you should not be focused on your experience BUT pay enough attention to this section. If you sell your skills – you need to sell your skills! And you don’t forget about experience section, it is good, if you would add it after your skills section.
  • Chronological resume format. As you know – it’s the one of the most used resume formats. And your experience – it’s a core of this type of resume format, because you show the whole career path for at least the last ten years. And it’s important to follow all the chronological resume rules to get an outstanding resume.
  • Combination resume format. Some candidates don’t like to use this type of resume format, because they don’t know how to use it right way. BUT we would suggest you to place your experience section after your achievements or resume objective section.

Now you have some information about where and how to place your experience section, when you are using different types of resume formats. Also, there are cases, when you can not include your resume experience block:

  1. You are fresh grad and you don’t have any experience;
  2. You are a student and looking for a part-time job;
  3. You are looking for an internship;
  4. You are seeking for a junior position, and don’t have any relevant expertise.

Resume experience section. Main problems – be ready to solve!

You need to understand that all the candidates are different. Some of them are looking for junior positions, some of them are looking for senior position. Each candidate has it’s own career path and his own goals. BUT there are some cases, which could make your resume worse, compared to other candidates and you need to know about them.

What is better to conceal writing your experience section:

  1. Downgrades;
  2. Employment gaps;
  3. Often position/work changes;
  4. Age.

Now, let’s talk more about each item above:

  • Downgrades. We hope, you have never heard about what is that. BUT if you did, you should now place that in your resume. It’s better even to hide (not to lie). Nobody would ask you if you were downgraded on that position, only if you would not say that to a hiring manager.
  • Employment gaps. Maybe you already knew that, or maybe not – but hiring managers are to suspicious when they see candidates with some employment gaps. It let them think to much about not good things. Why? Maybe he/she was laid off? Maybe it was something else? Let me ask candidate, let’s see how he/she is going to explain that…
  • Too short employment periods. It’s the worst thing the hiring manager could see in your resume. And you could feel that during a call – they would try to ask you about the jobs with the shortest employment periods. Because the want to know what was wrong and WHY you left. Be ready to explain or better do not include such experience into your list.
  • Age. It’s not a secret, that some hiring managers would like to know your age even before they would call you to clarify something. Listing your experience section overwriting over 10 years of your career path would help them to understand your age. Don’t do that!

At the end. We wish you a good luck and believe that you would find an amazing job!

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