Crafting Your Work History (Podcast)

How To Craft Your Work History (Podcast)
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At Grantham University, we believe your education doesn’t have to stop with your degree. That’s why we offer online help for the job-hunting process—from interview prep to putting together the perfect resume. Recently, three of Grantham University’s Career Launch experts got together for a series of podcasts that help students and graduates reach their career goals.

Here are some of the highlights of today’s podcast covering how to highlight your achievements in the work history section of your resume and tips for getting through applicant tracking systems to reach hiring managers.

Work History Section

When your resume makes it to a hiring manager, those professionals look at your work history for insight into what you could achieve for them. They’re looking for examples. They’re looking for “quantifiable achievements.”

So, before you send it out, while you’re reviewing your resume, ask yourself some questions:

  • What have you achieved in your position?
  • How many customers do you support?
  • Have you saved your company money?
  • Were you top in sales?
  • Were you promoted frequently?

“These are the types of questions,” says McAuley, “that you want to answer on your resume because they include that quantifiable achievement. You’ve listed your experience and what you’ve done … well, this is the result. And that’s really important to a business. That’s your ‘Wow’ factor. It’s how you stand out.”

“Everything is more data-driven than we think it is,” Bell says. “It’s much easier to find quantifiable achievements than we give ourselves credit for. It comes down to showing how you were a benefit to that organization. What did you do to make things better?”

One more thing: Customize your resume to the job posting.

“Personalize each resume you send out,” says Dimler. “Make sure it lists all your critical requirements. Look at the job posting. Look at LinkedIn. Look at their website. Echo the job language.”

Applicant Tracking Systems

An Applicant Tracking System, or ATS, is a recruitment software or platform that helps recruiters find qualified job candidates quickly and more efficiently. Typically, they search through resumes and specific fields within an online application to find keywords associated with the specific job under consideration.

While it is a recruitment help, it can also be the savvy job-seeker’s best ally—especially when the resume is built to facilitate consideration through an ATS.

“Every Applicant Tracking System is different,” says Dimler. “But the better you make your resume—ensuring that it’s plain and easy-to-read—the easier it will be to get through the Applicant Tracking System.”

“When you’re formatting the experience section,” he continues, “make everything the same, easy to read, concise. Font’s used throughout the resume should be the same. If you use different fonts, it’s going to throw off the Applicant Tracking System and it’s just going to look kind of botched. Kind of thrown together.”

Make it easy to read. Don’t make it too antiquated. Times New Roman is becoming out-of-date.

“Not wingdings,” says Bell with a laugh.

Other quick tips:

  • Be consistent throughout your resume
  • Data recorded for each job should be aligned equally
  • Make it look concise and easy-to-read throughout the page
  • Be consistent—All bullets. Paragraphs with bullets. Whichever way you go, just be consistent

Now that you’ve had a taste, take 10 minutes out of your day to listen in as Bell, Dimler and McAuley offer their professional insights in this podcast.

About The Author

Shauna Lawrence is a project manager on Grantham University’s marketing team. As the university’s former social media strategist, Shauna has a passion for connecting with others and building a sense of community among all Grantham stakeholders. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and marketing from Kansas State University and is currently working on her MBA at Grantham University.