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Made simple: CV Employment History

author Sobhan Mohmand, Career Expert         date 24 Oct 2019

The Employment History (or career history, work experience) section of a CV is a crucial part of any CV and as its name suggests: it is all about your employment history and the jobs that you have previously worked in.

Your employment history should tell the potential employer in a quick glance…

  1. What work you have done
  2. Where you’ve done it, and
  3. When you have done it

Example of an Employment history section of a CV

Image of how to write your CV employment/work experience section

What is included in the employment history section of a CV

The employment section can contain details of any type of jobs that you’ve held:

  • Permanent/temporary jobs
  • Full-time/part-time jobs
  • Saturday jobs
  • Summer jobs
  • Voluntary jobs
  • Industrial placements and internships

How to write an employment section of a CV

  1. Take a piece of paper and list down all the jobs you’ve had to date
  2. Sort all your jobs in chronological order (i.e. most recent jobs first)

For each of the jobs that you have listed down you should also write down:

  • The name of the company you have worked in
  • The dates (from-to)
  • Your job title
  • Your primary responsibilities (and achievements, if applicable)

I have had so many jobs before, how do I fit everything on my CV?

Once you have listed all your jobs that you have done so far in your career, some of you might come to realise that they are more than just a handful of permanent or full-time jobs that you can list down on your CV.

In this case, you may want to skip the less-significant jobs from the following categories:

What types of jobs can be omitted from a CV

Once you have done that you simply add a single line stating:

1983 – 1995Various jobsEngineering and Retail (sectors)

What to do if you have no work experience?

If you’ve got absolutely no work experience, then we recommend you to do some voluntary work before you apply for paid jobs. This will save you a lot of time and effort in the long-run.

What NOT to include in an employment history section

  1. Contact and personal details of your previous employers
  2. Give a job description rather than what you’ve actually done/achieved
  3. Include too many irrelevant jobs
  4. Use of jargon and technical terms many readers will not understand
Written by Sobhan Mohmand
Sobhan is a qualified Careers Advisor and Professional CV Writer with over 10 years of experience in helping job seekers get a job. He is a Member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on the official UK Register of Career Development Professionals. He holds a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCF).