How To List Your Work History in Your Resume

A very important part of a resume is the list of a jobseeker’s professional experience. This allows employers to evaluate jobseekers’ qualifications and his appropriateness to the position being applied for. This also showcases the prospective employee’s experience in various fields of expertise.

The work history part also gives the employer a first impression. Employers can get a good glance of the jobseeker’s abilities, and whether he can pass a pre-screening process and get an interview. This part of your resume is critical and has to be carefully planned out in order to attract recruiter’s attention and lengthen the usually short time they take in viewing your resume.

There are three common ways to write your resume. These are: the Reverse Chronological Resume, the Functional Resume, and the Combination Resume.

  1. Reverse Chronological Resume - The first and most common of the three is the Reverse Chronological Resume. It requires a list of your work experience from the most recent to the very first employment.

    The Reverse Chronological order builds your credibility. It highlights the progress you have made through the different various jobs that you have had. The credibility is clearly defined through this method because it demonstrates how you have improved over the course of your working career.

  2. The Functional Resume - The second one is the functional resume. This type of resume displays work experience segregated by the type of jobs you have had so far. This will work well if you have worked in different industries or a variety of jobs. With this type of listing, you go backwards from the most recent down to the oldest one in each of the different industries that you have worked in over the years. You can use this structure if you are looking for work in an industry that is different from your most recent employment. You can also use this if have not had a big number of jobs in the past.
  3. Combination Resume - This is the least utilized type of listing in curriculum vitas due to the tendency to repeat the information contained. As the name implies, the Combination Resume combines both the Reverse Chronological Resume and the Functional Resume in a way that it states the various jobs and industries one has worked in over the years, and also the employers that one has worked for.

In special cases such as those in the fields of the arts like music, visual and performance arts and literature (among other areas of specialization), it is also appropriate to involve and integrate a listing of the projects or works of art that you have been involved in. This comes in the form of a discography (if you are a musician, producer or promoter), filmography (if you are in show business) or a portfolio of various works (if you have been involved in painting or advertising).

By being able to showcase your professional experience through these methods of listing, you can establish your credibility, which will be useful in determining if you are a good match for the job and the company. This helps your potential employer be more familiar with you, particularly if they know some of the companies and people you have worked with before.


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