The Professional Experience section is the portion of your resume where you describe your prior work achievements, grouping them chronologically by organization/employer (chronological resume), or by functional skill (functional resume). For most people, it is the most difficult section of the resume to write!
This section includes the name of your employer, title, duration of employment, and achievement statements. A sample how of this information might appear is below along with sample achievement statements:
|Chief Technology Officer
Technology Company, Inc. – Austin, Texas
Aug. 2001- Aug. 2006
|Recruited as Chief Development Officer to turnaround flagging product development effort. Full responsibility for bottom-line factors, including company vision, long-range strategic planning, marketing and sales, product management, and software development process. Directed executive team and provided general oversight of employees. Select achievements include:
· Developed corporate strategy to accelerate growth, raised $6+M in capital from angels and tier one venture capitalists, and recruited industry-recognized leaders to the Board of Directors.
· Transitioned proof-of-concept to commercial product over 12 months.
· Crafted Intellectual Property strategy utilizing more than 20 patents to thwart competitors.
· Identified and closed five lighthouse accounts comprising Fortune 500 and industry leaders such as Partner One, Partner Two and Partner Three.
· Negotiated a long-term strategic alliance with a leading software reseller, MMI Software, thereby giving the company a leveraged position in the market.
Your education is a point of interest to a prospective employer. The Education section is usually positioned at or near the end of the resume. Here are some instances, however, when it is better to place this information near the beginning of your resume:
- If your education is highly relevant to your new position
- If you are a new graduate
- If you have no employment experience in the field you are going into, but have a degree or training in that field.
Following are some tips on how to create your Education section.
If you have one or more college degrees…
- State where each degree was received. It is not necessary to list all the different schools you attended leading up to achieving your degree.
- Dates are optional. They sometimes indicate how old you are and how current your knowledge is, so be conscious of that when deciding whether or not to include them.
- Majors, minors, theses, dissertations, internships, and coursework should be listed only if they are relevant to your job objective.
- You can spell out the degree (i.e., Bachelor of Arts) or use the representative letters (i.e., BA or B.A.).
If you went to college but do not intend to get your degree in the immediate future…
- Write your area of study and the name of the college. For instance: Liberal Arts, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH.
- If you attended several schools without completing your degree requirements, list only one or two schools. Listing more than that might make the reader think you tend to move around a lot without finishing things.
- If you are currently in a relevant educational or training program but have not yet finished. List the program and name of the institution you are attending, followed by the date you intend to finish, or a phrase such as “currently enrolled,” “anticipated completion, Spring ‘95,” “in progress,” or “six months completed.”
Other information that can be included in a resume includes the following:
- Community Service: List of volunteer work that you are involved in.
- Professional Affiliations: List of organizations that you are a member of.
- Publications: List of articles and reports that have published your work.
- Awards: List of special recognitions received throughout your career.
- Certifications/Training: List of coursework or credentials that may be relevant to the job you seek.
- Technical Skills: specific software, hardware, or other skills of relevance.
- Personal Interests/Hobbies: List of things that make you unique. This is optional and employers are 50/50 on whether to include it or not.
- Languages: Please list any languages (other than English) that you speak, read or write. Include your level of proficiency for each.
Example: HR Generalist
Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) Member, 2004-2005
Young Women’s Alliance (YWA) Member, 2004-2005
South By Southwest Music Festival Volunteer, 1996-2004
Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, ABRA, WordPerfect, Lotus, ACT!
Example: Technical Manager
Eclipse (SWT, Plugins)
Visual Café for Java
Visual Source Safe