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What comes first on a resume: training or work experience?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions. A good guideline is to use a standard "chronological resume" or "a-chronological resume". You hereby list your work experiences and training in chronological order. By default you work back from new to old. So you start with the last job you had and work backwards from work experience to education and end up with your high school. If you have limited work experience, you can choose to reverse the order.

A hole on your cv resume? No experience? Job hopping?

The biggest issues with the work experience on your resume are a gap on your resume and having too little, or a huge amount of work experience.

What to do with a hole on your resume?

Almost half of the applicants have a gap in their CV and this doesn't have to be a problem. Remember that you'll receive questions about this and try to have a positive answer. In any case, always be honest about this. If you only have a gap of a few months you could only name the dates to make it less clear in a subtle way. You can also name courses, volunteer work and other activities within the CV, to make it clear that you have certainly not been idle during this period.

What to do with no (or little) work experience?

Normally you only describe the most relevant work experience and you don't include side jobs or internships. If you have practically no work experience, it's good to name these things to at least indicate that you haven't been idle. Positive characteristics of candidates also emerge from less relevant work experience. In addition, you can describe courses, internships, volunteer work and additional activities in more detail to provide the CV with more content.

What to do with a lot of work experience at various companies?

If you have had many (additional) jobs, assignments or jobs in a period, you can cluster them perfectly. You indicate that you have had, for example, "Various side jobs" or "Various commercial positions" in a certain period. This way you prevent your CV from becoming too long and you ensure that the attention goes to the right work experience.

A skills cv resume

Sometimes there is a desire or necessity to camouflage negative issues surrounding work experience. If you don't have any work experience, have a gap in your resume or have had very and diverse, irrelevant jobs, you can also opt for a so-called "skills resume". The layout of this isn't focused on work experience, but on competencies, skills, performance and can be a good alternative if you want to be assessed on these issues, rather than on your work experience

What information do you need to describe?

In the case of the work experience on your CV, state at least:
- Job title
- Duration of the position (years / months)
- Employer: name & place
- A summary of your duties and responsibilities

Did you have different positions within the same employer, or did you perform the same position at multiple locations for the same employer? State this separately, unless this makes your CV too long.

For example, you can state the work experience on your resume as follows:

Senior HR Recruiter
ABC Inc, New York
January 2016 - present
Supervising employees in the human resources department.

HR Specialist
XYZ Inc, Florida
October 2012 - January 2016
Filtering resumes and selecting qualified candidates.

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