Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Highlighting work chronology in resume

Felicia Barlow has several years of experience as a freelance producer of film and video projects. She would like to make the jump from freelance to full-time producer and hopes she can use her varied professional background to her advantage. Felicia has "done a good job of explaining the impact or value of (her) work; this can be helpful because many resume writers focus too much on duties and not enough on accomplishments," write Lenore Webb and Marie Spaulding, who run a career centre. Webb advises students and recent graduates, and Spaulding advises on internships.

To make it easier for busy hiring managers to quickly scan her resume, they suggested Barlow make it less wordy: "Consider streamlining text and using bullets instead of paragraph format."

It was suggested that Barlow revise the resume’s format to more effectively display her work experience: "Consider combining your functional skills under the ‘Experience section’ with your employment history/chronology so it is easier to see when and where you were involved with these varying production assignments. Employers need to see how long you have been professionally involved in producing—you don’t want to hide this."

— Michael T. Shepard
LA Times-Washington Post