Resume Work Experience: Accounting for a Limited Employment History Worksheet

Job Search Writing – Resume Sections

Practice with this Resume Work Experience: Accounting for a Limited Employment History Worksheet to work on doing an adequate assessment of your key skills and abilities. By completing 10 exercises, you learn how to look at non-work experiences to pull relevant skills, achievements and accomplishments in order to strengthen your job search writing skills.

Resume Work Experience: Accounting for a Limited Employment History

Instructions

Follow the instructions for each of the following exercises to answer questions related to the resume work experience section and making the best of a limited employment history.

  • Locate a job posting for a position that suits your experiences or area of education. If you have a more extensive work history, consider choosing a job posting for which you do not have real-world experience to get the most out of the remaining exercises.

  • Based on your limited experience, would you use a functional or combination resume? Explain your choice.

  • Research the position and the job requirements for the position in general. What skills that are not listed in the job posting are relevant to the position?

  • What hobbies, part-time work, volunteer work or temporary jobs have given you skills that are relevant to the requirements of the job?

  • List at least three skills or achievements that relate to your experience in the areas you identified in the previous exercise.

  • How do these skills show a prospective employer that you are qualified despite your lack of work experience?

  • List what you feel are your three biggest accomplishments.

  • Do any of the accomplishments you noted in the previous exercise directly relate to the position in the job posting you selected? Which ones and how do they relate?

  • List what you feel are your three best skills.

  • Do any of the skill you noted in the previous exercise directly relate to the position in the job posting you selected? Which one and how do they relate?