Specify Months in Resume Experience Section, Not Just Years

Nick writes:
On a resume when you state the dates for each employment period is it OK to just use the full years (e.g. 2011-2012) or should you specify the month as well (e.g. Jun 2011 – Nov 2012). I’ve been struggling to figure out what is better and more effective from the reader’s point of view. I graduated undergraduate in 2006 and I’ve heard people say that it depends on how long you’ve been working for but I wasn’t sure if that was true or not.

The Career Doctor responds:
Many job-seekers use just years but my partner found when she researched a book on resume-writing a couple of years ago that employers really want to see the months too. Using months is the safest bet.

I know of no exceptions based on how long you’ve been working.


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