Writing a resume can be challenging. My clients often come to me with these three common concerns:
- Is it too long? If I delete something that’s less relevant to save space, will employers think there’s a gap?
- I do have an employment gap. How do I make it less noticeable?
- I’m changing roles/fields and something from years ago is now more relevant than my most recent work experience. How do I get that to stand out more?
There is, amazingly, ONE solution for all three of these. The answer, and my favorite resume loophole, is this:
Divide your experience into multiple sections, so you can work around the rule that everything has to be in reverse chronological order.
For example, imagine you’re applying for a research role and want to highlight the job you held two positions prior to your current role. You could have “Research Experience” and “Additional Experience” as your two sections, include the older role in “Research Experience” and your current role in “Additional Experience” (research is just one example, but you can put whatever field/industry you’re targeting in the title).
Side note: the word “additional” reads better than “other” as the latter implies the experience is not really relevant.
This brings the more related experience up the page on the resume, helping it be seen by employers during their first quick glance. It also changes around the order of the dates, so the employer would have to spend more time looking at each date to check for a gap.