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How Far Back Should One Go on a Chronological Resume?

by Mark

At the age of 52, I have had a lengthy work history in the restaurant business back to my teens. There was a 10 year gap when I was in sales. I didn't want to make my resume too lengthy, so I only went back 20 years. Is this correct?

ANSWER: Hi Mark... Most experts say you need only go back 10 to 15 years tops, in most cases. Most of the time, anything more distant than that is not that relevant anyway, as it was so long ago, it can't have a lot of bearing on today's skills. However, you are the best judge of whether anything from back then might impact significantly on your present skills or knowledge base.

So use your judgment, but know that it's perfectly OK to only go back 10 years or so.

To your success,

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May 23, 2010
""ok.. good! we will get back to you""
by: feroz khan

I were got 2 times interviews at one company..
after i called for the final interview..i went and met him then we had some words..finally he told me that ""ok.. good! we will get back to you"" it is happen just one week before my qustions is that i have been sellected? (or) i have been regected? (or) i have to wait for some time? please let me konw and advise me..!

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