How far back should you present your employment history on a resume?

Many who ask question are faced by either having had a number of jobs with multiple employers throughout their career, or they have 15 - 20 years plus experience and they need to present this on their resume. But when they do, their CV spills on to 5 or more pages and it becomes far too long. Has this happened to you?

If this situation sounds familiar, my suggestion is to have a section on your resume that lists in a small spreadsheet type format, the company, position and duration of all your roles to date. That way, employers can see a quick summary. Then, I suggest going no further then 10 years back under employment history, or limit it to 6 jobs.

If let's say you applying for a job in a field that you worked in 10 years ago, but you want to promote that experience and not your latest work, then list those jobs down in the employment history section and just under the header, write a small paragraph that acknowledges what you did to date since you worked in the industry you are applying for work in.

This is also a great way to dissuade an employer from thinking your over qualified if your latest jobs have been more senior or higher paid.

Author: Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions

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