Is Loyalty a HindranceMonster Resume Expert
Monster's career experts often receive questions
about how to handle job-hopping and long periods of unemployment on the resume.
But occasionally we are asked how to handle long-term employment -- jobs lasting
10 years or longer with one company. Increased job opportunities have
contributed to a more mobile workforce, where employees often jump at better job
offers without feeling they owe their current employers anything. Gone are the
days when employees stayed with one employer for an entire career. This leaves
long-term wondering, "Am I a dinosaur?"
The answer, of course, is no.
The key is to present your long-term work history as a positive attribute, proof
you're in for the long haul. Recruiting a new employee is an expensive endeavor
-- companies are always looking for ways to promote long-term tenure -- so
demonstrate you are a worthwhile investment. If you would like to use your solid
work history as a selling point, here are seven ways to enhance your resume:
1. Keep Learning.
employers might view your long-term employment as an indication that your skills
have stagnated. Prove them wrong by constantly refreshing your skills through
formal education and self-study. Participate in professional development courses
sponsored by your employer or paid out-of-pocket. Create a Professional
Development section on your resume to list your ongoing education.
2. Remove Outdated Skills and
Obsolete skills are a sure sign of a dinosaur,
so omit them. If you aren't sure, ask a trusted colleague or potential hiring
manager whether or not a particular skill is in vogue. You can also glean this
information by scouring job ads -- if the skill isn't included in job postings,
it should probably be omitted.
Different Positions Separately.
Promotions illustrate that
your company realized your worth and offered you more responsibility. Even
lateral moves indicate your employer recognized your diverse talents. Instead of
grouping all of your positions under one heading, give your positions individual
descriptions along with distinct time periods. Reinforce your internal mobility
with terms such as "promoted to" or "selected by CEO to assist with a new
department start-up." If you've been in the same position for your entire
tenure, show how you've grown in this position and made a difference to the
organization. To jog your memory, think about how your current job duties differ
from when you first started.
Your employment description should go beyond
merely listing job duties. To get noticed in this competitive job market, your
resume should feature a track record of accomplishments. If you feel stifled in
your current position, volunteer for a project that's outside your core
competency to experience new challenges and develop new skills.
5. Use Your Employment History to Your
Use longevity, dedication, commitment, loyalty,
and perseverance as selling points, both on your resume and in interviews. You
also have the advantage of having seen your accomplishments through from
beginning to end.
6. Highlight Experiences
Related to Your Goal.
If you've been with a company for many
years, chances are that you boast a long list of achievements. However, your
r�sum� should only present the experience, skills and training that relate to
your current goal. Since a resume is a marketing piece rather than a career
history, don't feel that your resume must cover every detail of your career.
Edit down your experience so that you are armed with a powerful resume that is
tailored to your current job target.
Create a Career Summary Section.
A well-written summary at
the beginning of your resume will present your career in a positive light. The
summary provides an initial hard sell, demonstrating you are highly qualified
for your stated goal.
Conducting a job search after a long period with
one company can seem daunting, but realize that your experience provides you
with skills that will be of value to your next employer.