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How Far Back Should I Go in My Work History?

by Anonymous

I am working on my resume and I've been working for quite some time. I'm wondering... how far back do I need to go in my work history on the resume?

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Apr 20, 2009
Jobs History
by: Lee Roy Whetstone

all my jobs for the past 10 years

Jan 09, 2009
Go Back 10 to 15 years max
by: Kathi

Most experts recommend you limit your work history to 10 to 15 years, tops. Also, a resume should generally be no more than 2 pages. CVs may be longer, depending on your industry. But job experience should also be presented in a relevant way to the jobs you are seeking.

So, if you're seeking an IT job, have only been in the market 7 years since graduating college and your previous experience was working in a coffee shop or delivering papers or as a summer pool lifeguard, none of those jobs are particularly relevant to the career you seek. So, you might elect not to list them at all.

You might mention them in a cover letter, if there's some relevant skill or interest you want to present, however.

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