The resume experience section best practices

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November 10, 2022
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Jacob Jacquet
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If you are looking for a job, your experience section must speak to the recruiters. Experience is one of the essential sections on your resume. It's there to show recruiters what you have done and where, so they can make an informed decision about whether or not hiring you would be a good fit for their company culture/needs.

Components of the experience section

Role: You need to enter your job role/position name here, so make it short. Avoid making the text long by adding multiple roles. If you have multiple roles, add them as separate experiences or add the most prominent role.

Company Name: Enter the name of the company. It is not necessary to enter the company's full name or registration name. For example: Enter BMW instead of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG.

• If the company name is long, you don't need to enter the type of registration. For example Ltd, Pvt Ltd, LLC, etc.

Duration: Select your job role's start and end dates using the date selector. This is a very important field, and it helps determine how long you were with the company and your overall experience.

Location: Add your company's location and use only the most common abbreviations for state names. For example, if the company is located in Los Angeles, California, then enter "Los Angeles, CA" instead of Los Angeles, California. If the location is outside the country you have given in the contact info, add the country name along with the location.

Description: Enter what you did during the period as bullet points.

Suggestions for writing the description content:

• Start writing the description by adding a bullet point when starting a sentence and ending it with a full stop. This will help the reader to understand the context easily.

• When writing a resume description, try to highlight your achievements first followed by some key responsibilities.

• Instead of using personal pronouns like "I" or "you,". This will make your sentences sound more professional and less personal. Additionally, avoiding personal pronouns can help to remove any bias from your writing.

• It's best if your sentences are full-length and not just one or two-word phrases repetitively used over again throughout the text.

• Combine two or more short sentences into one so that your resume won’t look empty on the right-hand side.

• Use the Rezi Real-Time Content Analyzer suggestions on the left side of the section and add them to your resume. Learn more about real-time content suggestions here.

• Your content should have clear, concise, and accurate information. This can be done by adding metrics to the content. For example: increased output by 20% by ..... or generated 500 leads a week for the company from social media advertisements. A simple and effective way to do this is by asking yourself questions like 'how many?', 'how much?' and 'how often?'.

• We recommend that you prioritize bullet points in the experience description so they are relevant to any positions for which you apply. You can reduce the number of bullet points or add relevant content to make it easier on hiring managers who may be scanning through hundreds if not thousands of resumes during their search process.

• Avoid unnecessary capitalization by using sentence case and capitalizing only when needed. Irregular sentence capitalization doesn't look good on a resume.

• Make sure every line counts and stays under two lines in length when possible. Long sentences tend not to be hard on readability, which may cause readers confusion and take up too much space without adding any value to your resume.