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How should I write a resume when I've been at the same job the past 12 years?

by Salvador
(Chicago, IL USA)

I am going through a career change. I've been at the same job for the past 12 years. It would seem to me jobs I've had before then would be obsolete. Not to mention I don't know who to include in my references section. If you have any ideas, would love to know. Thanks.

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Aug 10, 2009
Thank You
by: Salvador

What I expected, but wanted to hear from a professional. Thanks so much for putting me in the right direction.

Aug 10, 2009
I Concur
by: Kathi

Hi Salvador, Your instincts are correct. Most experts recommend that job seekers go back no more than 10 to 15 years in a resume, as experience older than that is usually not that relevant. That might not always be true, but often it is. However, if you've only done one job for one company in the past 12 years (with no progression of responsibility, title, etc.), then your resume may look a bit sparse if that's all you include.

So, you'll need to write about your achievements with care, in order to include enough "meat" on the resume so as to convince the employer you'd be a valuable employee.

To your success,

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