There are many reasons why someone who has been with a company for years could be looking for new opportunities. Maybe they’ve hit a wall and feel like they can’t progress their career or develop further skills at their current position. An individual may also be interested in another industry and want to be a part of the success a company is seeing. At Capstone Resumes, we help job seekers who are in either of these positions, after they’ve been with an employer for many years.
Job seekers often ask how they can showcase their skills and why a company should hire them. Some things our professional writers like to highlight on resumes when job seekers have been at a company for years are promotions, professional development opportunities, highlight transferable skills, and the skills they’ve gained during the tenure with the employer. All of these are important to highlight, as it shows you’re continuously growing and improving yourself.
Your resume is your story, it’s the journey of your career and an indication of your professional self. It’s important for your resume to accurately reflect your accomplishments and skills. No matter how long you’ve been at a company, it’s important to present your work history as a positive attribute. Finding a new employee can be expensive and time-consuming, and companies are always looking for ways to promote long-term work, so highlight on your resume that you’re a worthwhile investment.
- Promotions – Highlight any promotions or leadership roles you’ve held during your time with the company. Showing your progression through a long tenure with a company is an excellent way to demonstrate your dedication to the job.
- Professional Development Opportunities – List any professional development opportunities, like grad school, certifications, conferences, workshops, etc you’ve had. It’s important to show the employer helped you grow in both expertise and soft skills, but it also shows the company cared about your professional development.
- Transferable Skills – Highlight any transferable skills that are necessary for a job in the new industry or role you’re interested in. This can help a leader in the organization determine if you’d be a good fit, and help them align you with the position that’s right.
- Diversity of Skills – With any long-term job, you’ve probably obtained a variety of skills you might not have had before you started working with them. Or you improved on the ones you already had. If you grew in specific skill sets or took on more responsibilities that helped you perform better, make sure to highlight that on your resume.
When working on your resume, make sure all of your skills and credentials are recent and relevant. You won’t want a potential employer asking if you can do something just because it’s on your resume when in reality you haven’t done that particular skill in a while. The same goes for credentials, remove any old or expired credentials and certifications from your resume, or update them if you can.
Craft the Best Resume After a Long-Term Job
Capstone Resume Services can review your resume and make suggestions to help you explain your long-term job history better and land an interview. Our team of professional writers knows what a good resume includes and how to capitalize on your employment history. Learn more about our resume writing services and schedule your free consultation today!