A career snapshot immediately informs the hiring manager of your capabilities and gives an idea of your natural career progression.  Ideally, this section should be listed on the first page of your resume.

When writing resumes, we use a snapshot to entice – never losing sight of the fact that your resume is a marketing tool.

If there are any negative connotations within one’s employment history, then it is best to leave out this section entirely.  For instance, if you’ve hopped between a number of different jobs the impression you will give is one of instability; or, worse still, that you can’t get on with senior staff.  Many other scenarios jump to mind.  Of course, this may not be the case at all, but your resume can’t be a novel, justifying the ins and outs of your career.  Therefore, it pays to look at your history with a degree of objectivity.  Would YOU hire you?

A career snapshot is also a great way to show promotion within your career; if you’ve started out as cinema cleaner and progressed to cinema manager, that’s terrific!

For senior executive staff, this can immediately demonstrate how long you have been directing / managing organisations, and more importantly, who those organisations were.

There are many more benefits to a career snapshot, and many more wonderful ways you could be marketing your true potential.  To find out what to include and how to structure your résumé, check out our easy-to-use Resume Writer Software.