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STEP FIVE: Professional Experience
In the Professional Experience section you will list your
employers, job titles, and dates of employment in a reverse-chronological
order; that is, your most recent job comes first, followed
by your next most recent job, and so on. This format is
standard and is expected by all hiring managers and admissions
With regard to employment dates:
Generally speaking, hiring managers prefer years of employment,
rather than months and years (i.e. 1999 - 2003 as opposed
to May 1999 - April 2003). However, some college admissions
programs want specifics when it comes to dates, so itís
best to use precise dates when applying to graduate school.
In the Professional Experience section you will also include
daily tasks and responsibilities beneath the appropriate
employer listing. If youíve included a Career Accomplishments
section in your resume, you should not repeat that data
here. Once data is presented in a resume, it must not
be repeated. To ensure that your daily tasks are presented
in an interesting and easy-to-read manner, you should
do the following:
Use a bulleted format. This breaks up
large blocks of text that could prove daunting to a
Delete unnecessary articles and adjectives.
Your sentences should be short and snappy.
Begin each sentence with an action verb.
This quickens the pace of your writing and makes the
text more enjoyable to read. For a comprehensive choice
of action verbs, please use this link: Power
- For those jobs where you are still currently employed,
write your job duties in the present tense.
- For those jobs in the past, write the responsibilities
you held in the past tense.
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