by Lisa McGrimmon
This forklift operator resume shows you how to write an effective resume when your most relevant work experience is in the past.
In this example, the job seeker has several years of experience working as a forklift driver, however, when he was laid off, he couldn't find another related manufacturing job. He is currently working in retail sales at a building supply store, but he would like to go back to his previous line of work.
The resume below shows how he can highlight his most relevant work experience while still including his current job so employers know he doesn't have a gap in his work history.
If you look carefully at the resume pictured above, you'll notice that the most relevant experience was moved to the top of the resume in a section labelled Relevant Experience, and it was described in detail.
The job seeker's current, but less relevant job was moved to the bottom of the resume under the heading Additional Experience.
This arrangement allows the most relevant job to stand out while still showing that the job seeker is currently working. The employer will immediately see the job seeker has plenty of relevant work experience, and will also know he is currently employed, which can make a job seeker a more attractive candidate in the minds of some employers.
The less relevant job was not described. If this job seeker was currently working in the warehouse of a building supply store, operating a forklift, his current job job would be relevant, and, in that case, it would be placed at the top of the resume and described in some detail.
A Word of Caution:
You must be careful using this strategy to rearrange the order of your work history.
Never use this strategy if you have been at your current, less relevant job, for a couple of years or more and the more relevant job is more than approximately one year in the past. Doing so may make the employer think you have a large gap in your work history because the first date he or she sees on your resume will be an older date.
Imagine it is 2020, and this job seeker was looking for a job as a forklift operator. He has worked in retail sales from 2018 to present, and before that, he worked as a forklift operator from 2014-2017.
In that case, he should simply arrange his work history in the standard reverse chronological order (most recent job first). If he tries to move the forklift job up to the top of his resume, the employer may think he has been completely out of work for three years, which can be a cause for concern for many employers.
Using the headings Related Experience and Additional Experience to rearrange your work history can be useful in the right situations, but you do need to be very careful with this strategy.
If you are at all in doubt, don't get fancy. Simply list your work history in reverse chronological order, and include a lot of detail about the relevant jobs and less detail about the less relevant job.
The notes provide more insight into reasons why certain decisions were made while formatting this resume.