Is Loyalty a Hindrance
Monster 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
Some 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 Remove Outdated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 Credentials.
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.
3. List Different Positions
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.