- You only have to go back 10 years on your resume and other positions can be listed under "Additional Professional Experience". This will help you narrow down some of the information you need to put on your resume.
- List each company you have worked for and the titles you held. If you were promoted several times while employed by a company and cannot remember the dates you can always call the Human Resource Department and they should have them listed in your file.
- Not that you have the basics it is time to fill in the blanks. Do not try to list every responsibility that you performed rather list your main responsibilities and keep the list short. If you have job descriptions that mirrors your positions that can be of great assistance.
- Under your responsibilities you would list your accomplishments and this an area that the majority of people find difficult. However, it is important as many hiring managers and recruiters will look at your accomplishments even before your responsibilities. The accomplishments do not have to be number driven as in sales. They can be processes or procedures that you have streamlined resulting in a more efficient work environment which in the end affects the bottom line. You can also list projects that were completed on time and within budget of major importance. If you are really stuck go back over your reviews as they should indicate your achievements and goals.
- Next would be your education which should be listed right after your "Professional Experience" or "Additional Professional Experience" if applicable. The exception to the rule is if you recently graduated then it should be reflected after your top summary on the first page.
- Remember to include the finishing touches such as awards, recognitions, volunteer work, affiliations and technical skills (minus Excel and Word unless specifically indicated as a requirement in the job description).
If you take it one step at a time as listed above and take some breaks in between the result should be a complete reference of your job history in two pages or less. Now with some tweaking and formatting you should be ready to go.
Some important notes: If you have just started your career keep a log of your accomplishments. I know several people that I have worked with kept a log of accomplishments and major responsibilities which was invaluable to them when it was time to construct a resume. Another great idea is to make sure you have a job description for each position you held and keep them in a safe place for reference in the future. Last but not least keep your reviews to help nail down your achievements.
I hope this helped and as always comments are welcome. Have a great day! Sue