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Resume Job Description


Your 'job description' part of your resume is a subset part of the 'work experience' section. The 'work experience' section usually takes up a lot of space as it contains a detailed description of your jobs. Your list of jobs gives employers and recruiters an idea of ​​what knowledge, skills, competences and experience you have acquired. Your situation and the vacancy determine the best approach for mentioning work experience on your resume.

Describing Your Resume Work Experience

You have to make sure that an employer or recruiter sees at a glance what you have to offer. You can do this by easily scanning your resume and making it clear. State the basic information per job: job title, employer and period in months and years. In addition, you show in the description per job that you're the best candidate. Describe as concretely as possible the business activities, your duties and responsibilities and / or what you have achieved. The best thing is to do that in the form of a sentence. The trick isn't to mention everything; keep it at the most necessary information. Focus consciously on the skills, knowledge and qualities required for the position. Match the descriptions of the jobs on your resume with the required knowledge and skills in the vacancy text. Every job contains multiple aspects; the choice is yours where you put the center of gravity. Make sure that your resume clearly shows what you can do and that this is in line with the skills that are required.

Use the language of the company

Pay attention to the job titles that you put at the jobs. Functions that are comparable in content can have different job titles. For example, one company is looking for a salesperson, while another is looking for a sales employee. Adjust the job titles to the terms that the company uses in the vacancy text (or on their website). Make sure you speak the language of the company!

Description: short, positive and active

The description per job is a short piece of text in which you state your duties, responsibilities and performance. State the most important things and don't be too detailed. Be specially short and powerful. The purpose of a resume is to make an employer curious. Long texts deter you and you increase the chance that important information will not be read. The language used in the description is also important. Use positive words and active language. Avoid jargon and abbreviations. Furthermore, a boring, dry list of tasks is less interesting than if you tell what you have achieved in a few sentences.

Multiple jobs in a short time

It's of course possible that you have had multiple jobs in a short time. For example, because you worked through an employment agency. If you put many short periods on your resume, the Work Experience section will quickly become (too) long. Moreover, an employer may get the impression that you don't like to stay in the same place for long. It's best to cluster these short courses. That means that you bring them under one heading and give a good explanation for these short periods.

Part-time jobs on your resume

If you have had many side jobs during your studies, only name the relevant side jobs. You can cluster these under one denominator. A relevant side job has a clear link with your work and the industry in which you work. For example, a restaurant manager who, in addition to his education, had a part-time job as a clerk or cook, would do well to put this part-time job in the hospitality industry on his resume. You can name the most relevant side jobs separately per period, complete with job title, employer and description. You cluster the rest, or you leave them out altogether.

State the 'job' that you took on because of unemployment, even if it doesn't actually match the job you're applying for and is below your (educational) level. This is because you indicate that you're tackling everything and that can actually look good on your resume.

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