By: Kristy Roberts - Staffing Manager
When structuring your resume, it is important that you voluntarily include your beginning date and end date of each position you have held. This is a vital part of your employment history. It is not only important to prospective employer how long you have worked at a company, but it also helps recruiters who are trying to assist you.
When recruiters conduct reference checks, having your beginning and end dates assists them in verifying with your former employers how long you were employed. Having this information up front allows recruiters to represent you to the best of their ability.
1. Make certain that years of employment are in reverse chronological order. That is, the most recent job should be presented first, followed by the next most recent, and so on.
2. Indicate exact dates of employment for each position if you have had more than one at the same company.
DFG COMPANY, City, State 1988 - Present
Chief Accountant (1993-1998)
3. Format your resume so that dates are easily located, rather than hidden within other data.
4. When listing dates on your resume you don't need to list the month/year if you were in a position for over a year or if your position spans multiple years. However, use months on resumes for federal government jobs that require such data, or on resumes going to graduate schools as part of the application process.
If you cannot find documentation on previous positions, you can contact your nearest Social Security office for your dates of employment.