Multiple Experience Sections On Your Resume

How to display separate experience paths

The first half of the first page of your resume should be reserved only for the information that will create the most excitement for your target audience. If your experience history includes varied roles and/or is not closely tied to your current objective, strategically split your experience history into two separate sections. You may find that your second experience section is not worth including on your resume after all, however this strategy does help you determine what, where, and how to include information on your document.

For example, a recent BSN graduate may create a “Clinical Rotations” section for page one and an “Additional Experience” section for page two outlining previous roles that are not directly relevant to nursing, but could emphasize transferable skills.  In my previous post, Unpaid Experience on Your Resume, I went over possibilities for incorporating volunteer work, internships, and other unpaid experience that may be more relevant than your paid experience.  Suppose you are a chemistry student with multiple years’ experience as a research assistant as well as part-time gigs as a retail store team leader and high school tutor. In this case, creating separate “Relevant Experience” and “Additional Experience” sections would be advantageous to ensure you can fit all the important information – summary, key skills, research experience, and education – on the first page and push the other details to page two. By separating an otherwise potentially lengthy or random experience section, you have more room for other sections that deserve first page space.

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