Helpful and functional date formatting in a resume
March 10, 2010 10:35 PM Subscribe
On a resume, is there a preference for stating explicit dates (up to the month) as opposed to seasons? What about mixing them?
posted by ramenopres to work & money (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am a student and don't have enough experience to divide time by years. Most of the positions on my resume center around the academic calendar, so I have designated dates by season. However, there is some variation -- for example, "Spring" has referred to a position held from February-May, one held from March-May, or an experience that took place over five weeks in the spring.
In restructuring and updating my resume, many of the relevant experiences are only a month or two long. Is it misleading or poor form to keep the "Spring, 2007," "Summer 2009" format? Is it better to switch to months for all the entries, even when it leads to awkward things like, "February-May 2007," "June-August, 2008 & 2009," which may make the format less user-friendly? Which is best for a hiring coordinator's purpose? What about mixing them, as long as I stay consistent within categories?
Assume that showing chronology and development of an interest/skill set is important.
Example (imagine that there are a few entries in each category):
Employee, X University Work Study, Fall 2007-Spring 2009 (alternative: "September 2007-May 2009")
Research Assistant, Y Research Project, March 2008 (alternative: "Spring 2008")