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How to Have a Winning Employment History

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One thing that people struggle with most when completing a resume is the employment history section. You have to think, on some level, that it’s also the most boring aspect of the resume for people reading it too. Unfortunately, it’s a section that’s somewhat necessary. But that doesn’t mean you have to follow the ancient formula of the 1950’s. This is one area where you can really shine by offering something a little different than the rest of the job seekers out there.

Read on to learn how to present a winning employment history to recruiters.

Focus on Skills Rather than Duties

Everyone and his or her brother is going to put down a not-so-exciting, but incredibly detailed list of duties performed as part of the job description. It would be so much more interesting for the person reading your resume to read about the skills you mastered as a result of the job instead.

Be sure to relate those skills to the job for which you’re applying as well. This is the perfect way to prove your worthiness and abilities for the job in question. It will also help you reaffirm some of your skills and capabilities before you go through a rigorous interview and exclusion process.

Point Out Your Accomplishments – Lead with Them

One thing you want to do is include the things you’ve accomplished in your current position. Focusing on achievements and outcomes rather than a dry list of skills and talents is a great way for potential employers to view you as someone who gets things done.

If you don’t believe anything else you read here, believe this: employers want people who will get results. The best way to show that you’re the best one for the job is to show them a long line of results you’ve achieved for previous employers.

In the world of business, more often than not, the one who gets the job is the one who looks best in black and white. Meaning, you need to present yourself in a way that looks really good on paper. Don’t be afraid to highlight your accomplishments; be proud to have been part of those accomplishments, as they have helped to refine your skills and shape your abilities for future opportunities.

Be Truthful

It’s one thing to use the truth about what you’ve done to help paint yourself in a favorable light. It’s something else entirely to tell tall tales about your experience and involvement or be less than truthful in the resume writing process.

It’s much better to deal with being honest now and missing out on a potentially great job, than to land the perfect job – until they find out you weren’t honest during the resume and interview process.

Writing a resume will never be an easy task. Too many things rely on the power of the resume you create for you to take it lightly. But, when you apply these tips for writing a winning employment history, you should see a marked improvement in your resume’s power to attract the attention of possible employers.


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