Writing Resume Part 3: Experience & Education

Before the lesson, make sure you have sent your resume to your tutor through Cambly’s messaging system. You can send an attachment by clicking the following button when you are logged on to Cambly’s website.

If you haven’t finished Part 1, please finish Part 2 first.

This following content has been modified from ResumeGenius. See the original article here.


Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

III. Professional Experience

This “work experience” section of your resume provides the support of skills that you listed in your introduction. Work experiences should be listed in reverse chronological order – from your most recent work to experiences from a long time ago. Make sure the experiences you include are relevant to the job you’re applying for.

When creating a heading for each entry, include the name, city, and state of the organization. Also include your title there and your dates of employment – both month and year. If you’re still involved in that organization, including the month and year you started and “-Present.”

It’s helpful to have about 3-5 bullet points for each experience. These bullet points should describe your main duties and accomplishments at that organization.


3 Parts of a strong bullet point:

  • 1st: action verb (should always be first)
  • 2nd: measurable Point
  • 3rd: Specific and relevant job duty

Here are some examples of effective bullet points:

Example #1:

Trained 5+ managers, equipping them with proper knowledge in trainings and preparing them to lead their team well.

Example #2:(Note that the measurable point does not need to come immediately after the action verb)

Lead the creation of the company’s first media kit, increasing global sales by 15%.

Beginning with an action verb helps grab the attention of the reader. Here is an endless list of action verbs to help get some inspiration.

Remember to write about your past experience with action verbs that are in the past tense.

Including a quantifiable or measurable point to each experience will increase the hiring manager’s confidence in you and your abilities. Be sure each job duty you describe is specific and has the most important information toward the beginning of the statement.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Make sure you have all the information for each company.
    • the company’s name
    • city & state
    • your title
    • the dates of employment (month and year)
  • Go over each line for main duties and achievements. Check whether you have included the following points and revise:
    • Action Verb (should always be first)
    • Quantifiable Point
    • Specific and relevant job duty

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

IV. Education

Including your education experience shows the foundation of your knowledge and expertise.

The order of either professional experience and education may depend on your situation. For example, if you are a college or high school student that lacks a lot of professional experience, you may want to emphasize this education section first. But if you have a lot of professional experience and want to highlight that, your education section can be simple.

In your education section, you’ll want to include:

  • The names of your university, community college, or technical school (Don’t include high school unless you don’t have college experience)
  • Location of the schools (city, state)
  • Date of graduation (month, year)
  • Degree(s)
  • GPA (only include if GPA is above 3.0 – round up to the first decimal place. Use the format of GPA: 3.5/4.0)

Here are three examples of how you can format an education section. The highlighted areas show the education section:

Professional-Education-Sample
Education Sample 2
Education Sample 3

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Have you included all the information for your education section?
    • The names of your university, community college, or technical school
    • Location of the schools
    • Date of graduation
    • Degree(s)
    • GPA
  • Revise your contact information according to the guideline above.
  • Make sure you have finished this step before moving onto Part 4.

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