You can present the scope of your experience in a variety of ways. Usually, a strong Qualifications section will fit the bill. For others a Qualifications section with an Areas of Experience section presents a person’s experience and the sum total of their strengths better than Qualifications alone. The use of an Areas of Experience section can also help you get your key words into your resume more easily.

Areas of Experience come in assorted flavors. In the first example, the writer, a program manager in the technical world, has presented 18 items in this section. Combined with her education, it presents a picture of a highly educated, trained, and accomplished candidate.

AREAS OF EXPERIENCE

  • Program Management
  • Product Management
  • Systems/Business Analysis
  • System Integrator
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Needs Analysis
  • Technical Support
  • Workflow Analysis
  • Technical Writing
  • Documentation
  • Financial Analysis
  • System Development
  • Testing/Implementation
  • Database Design
  • Project Management
  • Management Presentations
  • Training

EDUCATION

mba – Organizational Development, University of Washington Specialized Coursework: MIS, Statistical Analysis, and Quality Systems Special Honor: Outstanding Graduate in Management Information Systems

ba – Management, University of Puget Sound

Here is a similar example. This time the writer is a marketing manager in the nutrition/food industry. Once again, her education nicely complements the experience.

EDUCATION

M.S. in Nutrition, Ohio State University

B.S. in Food and Nutrition, Illinois State University

AREAS OF EXPERIENCE

Marketing Management Consumer-Driven Industry Leadership Skills New Business Development Regulatory Standards Training Programs, Materials Strategic Planning Ingredient Review, Selection Vendor, Supplier Relations Account Management FDA/FTC Compliance Distribution Channels Clinical Trials Strong Communications Quality Improvement Budget Management Brand Identity Development Executive Interface Promotional Efforts Product Specifications Organizational Abilities

The next example is the manager of a dental practice. She has grouped the experiences into three specific areas that demonstrate her administrative strengths, followed by her credentials as a former dental assistant.

AREAS OF EXPERIENCE

Patient Services: Services Coordination, Patient Schedule, Recall, Post-Op Instruction Office: Supply Ordering, Cost Control, Accounts Payable/Receivable, Payroll, Human Resources, Vendor Management, Special Events Assisting: Endo, Ortho, Perio & Oral Surgery, Graphing, Hygiene, Sterilization

A Boeing mechanic included the following section:

AREAS OF EXPERIENCE

  • Electrical Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Ergonomics
  • Chemical Use
  • Numerical Controls
  • Information Protection
  • Safety Coaching
  • TQM Team Member
  • Advanced Hydraulics
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Overhead Crane Inspection
  • First Responder Experience

Note also how using an Areas of Experience section is a great tool for getting “key words” into your resume. For more on the importance of key words in “electronic resumes,” see pages 147 to 151.

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