9-10 highlight of qualifications resume
Dear Sam: I accept two questions for you: (1) Since relocating from California—where I served abounding years as a DoD contractor—I accept captivated three low-paying positions; charge I accommodate them on my resume? I ask because I accept best places appetite to see 10 ceaseless years of employment. (2) I accept anesthetized above the two-year mark with an abeyant government-issued aegis clearance; can it be reactivated, or will I be appropriate to alpha the action afresh if a job presents itself? – B.H.
Dear B.H.: To acknowledgment your aboriginal question, I agnosticism you charge to accommodate all three added contempo roles on your resume if they do not adjust with your able candidacy. We alone present years on a resume, so bold you confused from California in 2016, you aloof charge to ensure the roles you present hit 2017 and 2018. Therefore, if you captivated one concise and different job in 2016, but you additionally had your aftermost accompanying job in California in that year, afresh don’t accommodate the concise different role as we don’t charge annihilation accoutrement 2016. If you present months and years of experience, afresh gaps will be evident; by including alone years—which is a best convenance in claimed branding—you can strategically omit lesser-related roles or concise jobs.
Now, aloof extending my admonition above your antecedent question, I may additionally acclaim application added of a aggregate resume admission if your best contempo roles are not your best relevant. In a aggregate appearance resume, you would present your abilities arbitrary followed by some array of highlights section. In this section, you can accompany advanced the best accompanying aspects of your able career, about affective your best contempo roles to the aback burner by agreement them lower on the page. This helps hiring managers accept who you are as a able and helps them appraise your antagonism based on how you appetite to be seen.
To acknowledgment your additional question, from my research, it looks as if your aegis approval is inactive, you would absolutely accept to go through the action afresh in adjustment to defended an alive clearance. Should it accept been active, you would artlessly achieve those privileges already your employer reinstated admission in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS). Alike admitting it is currently inactive, you can still account it on your resume with the chat ‘clearable’ and the cessation date of your aftermost clearance. This will acquaint an employer or recruiter that you accept already been austere through the action and that you are able to do the aforementioned a additional time. Additionally, the approval process—the additional time around—should not booty as continued as the aboriginal time.
I achievement you are able to defended article added accomplishing in the abreast approaching and get aback to the career it sounds like you absolutely enjoyed. All the best.
Dear Sam: I capital to ask how abounding bendable abilities should I account on my resume(s)? I accept added than 10. Capital to apperceive if there is a absolute as to how abounding addition should list. – Anonymous
Dear Anonymous: There is no abiding number, but I would attention you to alike focus on bendable abilities at all. Bendable abilities tend to be abilities anybody claims they possess, so they are not as appropriate as one would expect. Sprinkle in bendable abilities but focus on “hard” abilities that are acquaintance based; those are appropriate as they axis from the character of YOUR experience. I’m not adage you can’t highlight that you can say acquaint well, multitask, and are organized—just to name a few bendable skills—but back 90% of your competitors are acceptable to affirmation those aforementioned strengths, they become actual adulterated and non-differentiating. Functional skills—those “hard” abilities you accept acquired based on your experience—are accurate through your assignment history and are, therefore, abundant added impactful. Achievement that helps.
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