Your resume is, in part, a history of your career to date. The companies you are applying to want to know if you have a track record of success in their industry, customer base and geographic reach.
Often job applicants seem to expect hiring managers and recruiters to be familiar with every company on the planet. It is much better and more realistic to assume that no one is familiar with the companies you worked for in the past.
You should include the following information about each company where you previously worked:
- What they do (manufacturing, service, construction, healthcare and so on)
- Their size ($5M revenue, 25 employees)
- Their market (4 regions, global, EMEA)
- Whether they are still in existence (formerly known as…, merged with…)
Most of this information you can find online with a search on the company name. You should keep your description very brief. For example: “Provider of analytical engineering solutions, with 6000 employees across 10 countries.” A large company may have many different divisions, projects, programs and markets. Focus your brief description on the areas that directly concern your job search.
If you made a significant contribution to the health or growth of a company, you should provide before and after figures or a percentage of change. Projections are also acceptable for recent accomplishments (“Acquired five new clients, projected to bring in $4M each over the next year”).
As always, make sure you use the current version of the company name (Wal-Mart is now Walmart), include the location where you worked and provide the dates when you were employed.
You should not offer the following information: reasons why you left, the name of your supervisor and the amount you earned, unless you are applying for a federal government position and the information is required.
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