10 Years’ Experience

10 Years’ Experience

“But you left (*NAME OF COMPANY*) off of my resume!

I hear this A LOT! A good resume has 10 years’ experience represented (15, at the most!). On the whole, hiring managers will STOP READING once they get to listings that go further back than 10 years.

Why do they do this?

Think about your personal life 10 years ago. Is ANYTHING the same? The things you know are the same. But, if you take an inventory, you’ll notice that you do almost EVERYTHING differently. The same is true in your professional life. Things you did 10-15 years ago are done differently now. So, you were a mortgage underwriter 15 years ago. The only thing that’s important about that is you know some of the processes for risk assessment and credit verifications. But the laws are different, tax credits are different, technology is different.

Does that mean the old experience is unusable?

Absolutely not! I advise my customers to use achievement-based points from those older experiences as talking points in the interview. “I understand that the mortgage industry runs completely different than it did 15 years ago, but during that time I was able to increase client portfolios by $?? over ##? period of time.” That would still be relevant today.

Keep in mind!

Your resume IS NOT meant to chronicle your professional life’s events. It is a targeted marketing document geared towards a specific job.

Resume Writing Workshop

Resume Writing Workshop

I’ve converted the PowerPoint presentation from the Resume Writing Workshop at my local library to a video. There is no audio as it was a simple presentation but, as you go through the “show” please feel free to email me any questions you have.

What Does The Experience Section on Your Resume Say?

What Does The Experience Section on Your Resume Say?

The Work Experience or Professional Experience section of your resume is probably the most difficult section to get right. Many people only list the tasks they were supposed to perform at a previous job. Once upon a time, before I became a professional resume writer and career coach, I only listed the tasks I was supposed to perform. That simply isn’t good enough. Today’s job market is very competitive. You must make yourself stand out.

For example, if you are a telemarketer who is required to make outbound calls to potential customers, you might find “Responsible for making outbound calls to potential customers in order to procure higher sales stats” on your resume. It’s great that you understand your responsibilities; however, just because you’re responsible for making those calls doesn’t mean you did it or were even good at it. Instead of listing that responsibility, write this, “Made 50 outbound calls per day to perspective customers and increased revenue 10% in one month.”

Obviously you were responsible for making outbound calls or you wouldn’t have been doing it. So, not only have you now told a hiring manager what one of your responsibilities was, you told them how you did it and what the outcome of performing the task did for the company.

With everything you write on your resume, keep this thought in mind, “Does this demonstrate how I can help a company?”

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