Welcome to the final post of my resume refresh series!
This last post will cover the work experience section of your resume (and two other optional sections).
If the thought of editing and making your work experience section shine feels a bit daunting, it’s okay.
I’ve got you. ?
Let’s do a little recap and then take editing your work experience section step-by-step.
Three weeks ago, I shared my top 3 resume refresh secrets.
You all loved them so much that I shared two more juicy secrets the following week.
Last week, I decided, “Let’s get organized, and take it from the top, down.”
So, I shared what two sections to include at the very top of your resume. Namely, your name and contact information and your qualifications summary, which is the most important section of your resume!
I encourage you to click through the links above and check out the posts if you’re just tuning in.
Alright. On to your work experience section!
I have five, simple steps that can make updating this section easy-breezy:
- Find a job posting that is your next dream job or a great example of what you’re looking for.
- Read through the entire post, top-to-bottom.
- Now, read through it again and watch for sentences that align well with your work experience.
- Copy those sentences and paste them into your resume where appropriate.
- Now, edit them to accurately reflect your experience or the results you created.
Keep repeating this step until you feel that your work experience demonstrates that you are the ideal candidate for the role.
Then, take a break and refresh yourself!
When you’re ready, come back to your resume and put yourself in the mindset of the recruiter or hiring manager who will read it.
Ask yourself, “Have I truly set myself apart as an ideal candidate?
If not, ask, “What I can I edit, add, or delete?”
If so, move on to the last two, optional sections – community leadership and relevant training.
Were you a youth group leader, a big brother or sister? Have you volunteered at Feed My Starving Children or somewhere else?
Whatever you did or do as a volunteer, if it’s relevant for the job you’re applying to, then include it in a “community leadership” section.
Unpaid internships can go in this section, too.
Similarly, if you’ve completed any coursework or training that’s relevant to the job, include that in a “relevant training” section.
If not, skip it.
Remember, we want to keep your resume as short and sweet as possible.
Here are a few final pro tips as you work to spiff up your resume:
- Don’t be afraid to add a pop of color to your name or section titles. Pick a color that represents you well.
- Center text sparingly. English speakers and readers are trained to read left to right, so make it easy on them!
- Hyperlink to portfolios, websites, or public work to share all the goodness you’ve created in the world with recruiters and hiring managers. If they’re curious, they’ll click!
- Numbers break up copy and often catch the eye first, so include them if you can. Especially if they relate to results you created in your current and/or previous roles!
And that’s a wrap, folks!
If you found these posts valuable (or didn’t ?), I’d love to hear from you!
Did you learn anything new or was it no surprise?
I welcome all feedback because I want make sure I’m adding value to you and your career!
And, remember, I’m here to help.
Anytime you’re feeling stuck or want some advice, feel free to set up a free meet ‘n greet with me!
Until next week. ?