Listing your experience – how far back should you go? by flrssoft


									Listing your experience – how far back should you go?

One of the biggest concerns in creating a   resume has to do with your
professional experience. Before you begin   your resume, consider the
following questions.
-     What is your career objective?
-     Are you changing careers or looking   for professional growth?
-     What experience have you had so far   that will help in meeting your
professional goals?

To get started in developing your resume, list all of your previous
experience, in chronological order, starting with your latest job on a
piece of paper. List the dates of employment, your job title, the full
company name and the location of your employment. Now, consider just how
much experience you have had. In recent years, it has become more
commonplace to change jobs more frequently and not build your career in
one place. As such, it is possible that someone with ten years of
professional experience following college has had over three jobs. That
doesn’t seem all that much to include on a resume, right? Consider
someone with over 30 years of experience. It is important to set limits
on what you include and what you can freely exclude from your resume
under your professional experience.

Ideally, your resume should not exceed two pages. Depending on the type
of jobs you have held and your responsibilities, having only two pages
doesn’t account for a lot of space. The best practice for listing your
experiences is not to exceed the most recent five jobs you have held.
Again, keep the mind the length of the resume when you are deciding on
the number of jobs you will list – if your last five jobs and their
accompanying responsibilities will take over one page alone, than
consider narrowing the experience down to the three most recent positions
you had. Also, consider the time you spent at each organization you have
worked for – list up to the last ten to fifteen years of experience. It
is not necessary to list every job you’ve ever had to showcase your
qualifications and years of experience. If you have a long professional
career, focus on the last three to five jobs, but use the profile or
summary at the beginning of the resume to highlight the number of years
you have spent working, or the number of years you have spent in a
certain industry, acquiring specific skills.

When listing your experiences, it is important that you do so in
chronological order without skipping any of the jobs you have held. While
you may feel that certain jobs are not particularly complimenting to your
current career objective you should not avoid listing them on your
resume. Work on highlighting the responsibilities that are transferable
across various industries. Leaving any unexplained gaps in your work
history will raise questions by your potential employer – thus don’t
create those gaps on your resume by listing your experience out of order
or by skipping jobs you have had. Finally, make sure that your cover
letter accounts for any additional qualifications you would like to bring
to the attention of your potential employer that you didn’t include on
the resume.
Your resume should be concise, well written, and sell you as the best
candidate for the job. Just remember that it is quality over quantity
that counts.

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