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It seems there are many different ways to list your jobs and history of employment on your resumes. Of course, how you do it partly depends on the resume format you choose. But some of the confusion and variation can be due to specific situations in your work background too.

So, it's not always super obvious how to go about listing your employment history on your resume. That's why I built this section of the site... so you could get (hopefully) answers that will help you figure it out! Smile

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What Other Job Seekers Have Asked

Click below to see past employment history questions from other visitors to this page. If you click on the question, you can see more detail, as well as my expert answers. Clicking the Comments link after the question/answer may provide additional feedback.

Should I identify the names of the client companies I have worked with while in my current job? 
I am working for a company now, serving some different clients and my experience with those specific clients is quite relevant. Should I identify the specific …

How do I include a nanny position on a resume? 
I recently left an office position and am now working as a Nanny. I need to update my resume but am not sure how to format it. For my previous positions, …

How do I enter working for a temp agency? 
I used to work for a temporary agency. Do I put the temporary agency on the resume or the place I worked? Answer: Your employer was the temp agency …

How should I list multiple positions in one company? 
I have had multiple positions in the same company, how do I list these on my resume without them becoming my entire resume? Answer: Your resume should …

How do I write a resume with volunteer work history incorporated? Not rated yet
I left the paying workforce 13 years ago, but have worked as a volunteer during that time. How do I write a resume that incorporates both employment and …

How do I write a resume that has several short-term jobs? Not rated yet
I am having a very difficult time writing my resume with confidence. I graduated college in 2008 and proceeded to be laid off 4 times in the following …

How do I put on my resume that I was laid off and went back to college? Not rated yet
I was laid off my job 2 years ago, and in the meantime, I went back to college. How do I put this on a resume? Answer: Anna, I feel as though I must …

How do I list several ups and downs within the same company? Not rated yet
I've worked for the same company for 32 years. Started on the shop floor, transferred to a salary position, promoted to supervisor, then manager of up …

Should I included work history on an application that isn't relevent to the job? Not rated yet
If I am applying for a cashier position, would I list CNA work history as the most recent or would I list the most recent work history for only cashier …

How do I counter objections to my history of self employment? Not rated yet
I've been self employed as a sales professional for the last eight years. Business was good up until about a year ago. As a result, market conditions have …

I need help in writing my accomplishments for my work experience? Not rated yet
I tend to write them more as tasks rather than accomplishments. I work in the x-ray field and I feel each employee does the same thing at work. What …

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