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Resume FAQ's

Should I include work experience that was unpaid?
Don't ever hesitate to include ANY work experience - paid or unpaid - that has contributed to who you are and who you could be as an employee. If your unpaid work experience is related to the position you're applying for, your resume should reflect this! You could include it under a section called "Volunteer," or include it with your paid work experience and title that section "Relevant Work Experience.

Should I include work experience that is unrelated to the position I'm applying for?
All of your work experience has developed you in some way. Therefore, none of it is "unrelated" to the position you're applying for. However, some work experience may be more related than others, and it is this "more related" experience that you want to focus on. As you describe your previous work, highlight your skills and experiences that are transferable. Ask yourself: How has my previous work displayed the qualities that the employer is looking for? Show them that you're the perfect fit! If there is space, include the work experience that you feel is "less related." Again, intentionally seek out your transferable skills and experiences as you describe the position.

What are some other options for heading titles?

Objective:

  • Purpose Statement
  • Goal
  • Position Objective

Education:

  • Educational Background

Work Experience:

  • Professional Experience
  • Experience
  • Related Work Experience
  • Pastoral Experience
  • Employment History

Volunteer:

  • Related Experience
  • Other Experience

Awards and Special Honors:

  • Awards, Honors and Activities

Related Skills and Interests:

  • Other Skills and Hobbies
  • Technical Skills
  • Additional Abilities

Whatever headings you choose, make sure that each heading is consistent with the others on the page.

If I was promoted, and thus held two jobs within the company, should I include the original position on my resume?
Absolutely! This shows the progression of your successes, as well as your growth as an individual. It sends an excellent message, telling employers that you produce the kind of work that gets rewarded.

How many references should I have?
Employers may specify the number of references they would like to have. Usually, 3-5 references, each representing various relationships with you, is good (work, friend, family, church, etc.). Have written references prepared in advance, so that they are ready to send as employers request them.