How to Write a Resume If You Are Employed at One Place for a Long Time

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A resume tells a story of who you are today and the steps you took to become that person. If you have been working for the same company for many years and are now on the search for a new position, you may feel like your resume will be too short to attract the attention of prospective employers. In reality, a person who has been loyal to one company for many years likely has a lot of material with which to create a shining resume.

Write an objective that explains what type of work you are looking for and why. You have been at the same job for a long time, and the prospective employer will want to know what would make you leave after many years of loyal employment. Keep it positive and upbeat, such as, "Seeking to broaden my horizons and do good in the community by moving away from corporate accounting and into non-profit work."

Create a section of your resume that lists the information on your long-term employer. List the city and state where the company is located and the dates you were with the company.

List each job title you have had as subsections under your long-term employer. Under each job title, list the dates you held the title, the responsibilities you had, skills acquired in that position or any other pertinent information related to each position you have held.

Create two to three more sections of your resume based on your accomplishments, both on the job and in your free time. Under each of these sections, list all of your accomplishments that tell a future employer why you are a good fit for the job.

Know your audience and tweak your resume for each job application. You have probably done a lot of interesting things in your lifetime, so customize that information to each specific prospective employer. A school system will want to hear all about your tutoring or volunteer work with children, but a retail store would rather hear about your experiences handling money and customers.

Type up your resume, making sure it is easy to read. List your name, address, phone number and professional email address at the top of the page. Using a font two sizes larger than your normal text for each section header. Use bold text for each position held at your long-term job and use bullet points for all of your lists of information under each job title and each of your sections.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have been at the same job for a long time, your experience is going to trump your education background in most cases. Unless you are looking for a new job because you have recently completed a new degree, list your education after your work experience.
  • Don't use your current work email address on resumes. If your boss doesn't know you are looking for a new job, you don't want him to find out because you are getting emails about it at work.
  • Don't use a personal email address that makes you sound silly on a resume. Create an email address at a free site such as Yahoo or Hotmail, using a combination of your first and last name or initials.

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