The Employment section of your Resume is by far the most important section you will write. It is here that the Employer/Recruiter will search for answers to determine whether or not you are the right person for the job and worthy of an interview.
Based on the information you provide, the reader will decide if you have enough experience in a similar role; if you possess the skills to carry out the duties of the position at hand; if you have experience with specific machinery/tools/equipment/processes etc; what you have achieved etc. Many jobseekers underestimate the significance of the Employment section and, unfortunately, fail to demonstrate their experience and why they are suitable for the position.
Present Positions in Reverse Chronological Order:
Your employment experience should be presented in reverse chronological order, ie commencing with your current or most recent position and working backwards. You should not include any employment experience beyond 10-15 years ago.
For every position listed on your Resume, you MUST include the month and year you commenced and ceased employment, the Employer’s/Company’s Name and your title or position.
Description of Duties:
When providing your list of duties, start with the duties that are most important and relevant to the position you are applying for. Before writing this section, it is a good idea to do some brainstorming – jot down all your duties on a piece of paper and then number them in order of importance or relevance. Then, transfer these duties in order of importance/relevance to your Resume. These should be listed in bullet point format so it is easy for the reader to follow.
Be Thorough with Job Descriptions:
It is unacceptable to write one or two words to describe your duties. For example, a Dump Truck Operator should NOT present their duties as follows:
These 3 bullet points do not tell the reader very much at all about this candidate’s experience. For example, there is no evidence of what makes/models of machinery they have experience in operating, or what material they are experienced in hauling. Instead, use one to two sentences to THOROUGHLY explain the specifics of your role. This is also vital if your Resume is being screened by Resume Screening Software. In addition, use action words (verbs) to describe what you did. An example of this would be:
Safely and efficiently operate Cat 789C, 785 B & C and 777 Dump Trucks to transport low and high grade iron ore and waste material from pit to designated areas.
You can see in the above example how much information is contained in this bullet point and how the reader can extract all the necessary information they require. In such a highly competitive industry, you cannot assume the employer/recruiter is a mind reader and will know what experience you have.
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