Resume Writing and Previous Employers
What should you include on your resume? Certainly your name, contact information, profile, education, work history, and achievements. More detailed resume formats could include adding your areas of expertise & references.
There is something that many applicants do not include that might certainly be hurting them. Most job seekers feel confident with describing their work history to potential employers but fail to actually describe the company’s industry and market.
If your past experience comes from a specialized market the prospective employer might not have any knowledge of the company. You need to briefly describe your previous employer. Include items such as the size of the company, location, and the market focus. This will help a prospective employer determine where you could fit into their company.
Examples of identifying your previous employers in a resume:
• Privately owned painting company servicing the St. Louis area with lead paint removal certification.
• Not for Profit women’s counseling center for abuse with 4 regional centers in the city of Madison, WI.
• Major real estate firm with 30+ locations specializing in foreclosure properties.
This information can make your resume pop to a possible employer. This could help eliminate some of the interview questions they would normally have to ask just to figure out where you worked.
Identifying your employers can increase your chance of getting through the first two steps of elimination.
Express your uniqueness and step out of the box! Going the extra mile when writing your resume will help open the door to opportunities and give you the ammunition to succeed in your job search.
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