How much experience do I list on my resume?
by Roger Williford
I have 40 years experience, and have been told to list only the most recent 10-15 years so as not to "age" myself. I've also been told it makes no difference since when I go for an interview they will see I'm not in my 30s.
This time period lists more employers and short-time positions than my earlier experience since I have been doing contract work and working at companies that were sold a year or two after I went to work for them.
I don't want to be seen as a job-hopper. Previous to this period I was at one employer 15 years, another 10 years. Is there any proof that listing only the 10-15 years creates more interviews than listing my total experience?
If I do list only the most recent, do I have a statement on the resume and/or cover letter saying that additional experience will be provided if requested?