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This page contains our past employment history questions that have been archived. Get answers to questions about listing your personal employment history on a resume.


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On the surface, it seems like listing your past work history would be pretty basic and straightforward. But over the years, a lot of questions about how and where to list employment work history have come up on this site. So, that's why I created the original employment history questions page to help troubleshoot issues you were having.

On this page, you'll find older questions past visitors have asked about handling past employment history... along with my expert answers and comments from other visitors to these pages. If you want to ask a question yourself, or view more current questions about listing our personal employment history, then click the link above to see our current employment history questions page.

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Older Archived Questions About Employment History

Click below to see past questions visitors to this site asked about how to list employment history on your resume... along with my answers to the questions. If you click on the question, you can see the rest of the question and my answer. (Or you may need to click the Comments link on the question page to see the answer; it varies.)

How do I show side jobs in my resume? 
I have completed different accomplishments whilst working at 2 different companies over the last 5 years. They are important as they are accomplishments …

What resume format should I use for multiple short-term jobs? 
HELP! 7 Jobs in 11 Years, How do I handle this? I've had 7 jobs in 11 years, with 2-3 of them being very short spans. One was 3 months and another 5 months, …

Should I list the same job twice if I got a pay increase within the same position. 
I am in a position but recently got a pay increase which put me in a higher pay grade but my duties stayed the same. How do I list this on my resume? Do …

What do I do if I do not know my exact dates of employment? 
I have my resume completed and I know the round about time I worked at a location or two but I don't remember the month I started? How would I find that …

How do I convey that I stepped down from my position to start school? 
When I was 19 years old, I was a retail store manager in Washington. After some time, I made the decision to move to Montana. While I transferred between …

Role changes and my resume? 
I worked in property management for the same company for 10 years. I started as a multi-site manager and then elected to step down to a part time leasing …

How do I list the same job functions with multiple employers over 13 years? 
I've worked in banking for the past 13 years, doing essentially the same thing for three different financial institutions. Rather than trying to say …

How do I list overlapping freelance positions? 
As a freelance writer, I have simultaneous and overlapping positions. In what order do I list them- by the time I started them or when I finished them? …

Should I include a failed business venture on my resume? 
I voluntarily left a job I had worked in for seven years and tried to start my own business which didn't work out. After two years I had to give up on …

What if I don't have any kind of job experience? 
I am 19 years old, almost 20. I have no job experience and it's been the reason why I haven't been hired anywhere I have applied for. Also, I dropped …

What if you don't have any experiences?  
I have no experience and don't know what to put on my resume. Do I make up some things or do I just put nothing or what do I put?

I was asked to resign in leau of termination for a job I held for 3 months. Do I need to post this on my emplyment history? 
I was asked to resign in lieu of termination for a job I held for 3 months. Do I need to post this on my employment history? I am getting out of (k-12) …

How far back should you list your professional experience? 
I am in the process of updating and rewriting my cv. My professional experience goes back over 36 years in my field (English teaching and training), however …

How do I list job history which overlap each other? 
I have owned my own business for 15 years(1994-2009), also during this time, I have owned and operated my own beef cattle farm (1999-2009). I want both …

How Can I Portray Short-Term Contract Jobs Positively? 
I've worked contract jobs since 2000 to current, so all of my jobs have been short-term.Employers see this on my resume and assume I won't stay in one …

Should I list a job that only lasted 3 months? 
I accepted a job offer and after 3 months of employment decided a.)it wasn't a good fit for me and b.)I was going to stay home with my children for a while. …

Should I Include a Step Backward? 
I was an RVP for a company for about 4 years and the company reorganized after closing over 100 stores and I was asked to be a District Manager again. …

How do I write a short time of employment within the same year.. 
I was employed for three months and then laid off this year. How do I present this time frame on my resume professionally? Thank you

What if I don't have any experience? 
I don't have any details to put on my resume except for my personal background. I don't have any experience and I don't even have a single certificate …

How Do I Show Travel Nursing Positions in My Resume? 
I have been a nurse for 8 years, had multiple travel nursing positions with different companies. If I included all my jobs, my resume would be more than …

Do I need to include my current employer on my resume? 
If I listed my current employer and if my current employer finds out, it might jeopardize my current job? So is it okay to omit the same. What is the …

Is it appropriate to enter 'volunteer' work on the Resume' 
Since I'm focusing on my I.T security history, it is my thinking that listing my work in the County Sheriff's dept will show me as trustworthy. It is …

How Do I List Two Similar Jobs Worked at the Same Time? 
I worked two jobs at the same time; how do I list them on my resume? They both were security jobs and I basically did the same thing... how do I list that …

How Do I Title My Career Change Resume? 
If I am seeking a career change from teaching to secretarial, what would I title my resume? I've been a teacher for 10 years and am seeking to change careers. …

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

How do I list a job that I used to work at but returned to after 4 years? 
I used to work at a job 4 years ago. I left and just recently returned. Would I list this job last, or would I list this job first (because it is my …

How Do I Write a Resume When Returning to the Workforce? 
For the past 7 years I choose to stay home to rear our w children. My spouse and I have a drywall business we are self employed. Due to the American economy …

How do I list 4 different job titles while working for the same company? 
I worked for the same company for 10 years, during which I had 4 separate job titles, ranging from typist to general manager. I want to list each of the …

How can I make a resume if I have no work experience? 
I am 16 years old, I do not have a driver's license, but my parents provide transportation.

How Do I List Two Unrelated Concurrent Jobs on My Resume? 
I am currently working two jobs. One is a full-time job and the other part-time. I am looking to move into the part-time field which is completely different …

Do I Have to Show Every Job I Ever Worked? 
I worked for a company for almost 8 years. During that time I attempted a second job while still working the other one. Things went terrible at the new …

How to state old work history that is relevant to industry on resume? 
I am seeking a position in an industry that I worked in 17 years ago. While I know that industry has changed, the human resources department of this organization …

How much experience do I list on my resume? 
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 …

What Is the Best Way to Put the Same Job That You Had at Two Different Times? 
I worked at the same place doing the same job two different times. I had another job in between. Can I list the job I had two different times as one and …

How Do I Show Temporary Promotions at an Employer?. 
I have worked with the same company for the past 8 years and throughout that time I have 'Acted' in more prominent positions at different times. The position …

How to List Two Similar Jobs? 
How do I differentiate job roles & responsibilities in 2 very similar jobs? I am trying to update my resume with my latest job description; however my …

How Do I List My Past Work History? 
I haven't had a job in 7 years. Because of my past. So I need to know my past work history.

What Is Employment History?. 
I want to know what is employment history on a resume? Can you please explain?

Can I Get Help With Wording for My Job Descriptions? 
I would like to use better wording to sell myself on an application for previous work histories. Are there any websites that can assist me?

How Do I List My Employment History? 
I'm not sure how to list my employment history on a resume. Can you give me an example of how to do it?

Should I Include Volunteering on My First Resume? 
I am a culinary student. I have no paid work experience, but I am looking for a part time job in the food service industry. Should I include volunteering …

How Do You Record an Internship That Turned into a Full-Time Position? 
I worked as an intern while I was in college and immediately accepted a full-time position at the same place of employment right after college. How do …

Can I Combine 2 Similar Jobs Into 1 in Order to Make More Room? 
I worked as a sales associate for 2 women's retail companies for a 8 years. The job description for each job is very similar. I need to make more room …

How Do I Handle Job History When I Don't Want to Include Every Job? 
I have a pretty impressive work history overall. But this past year, I left my long term employment (8 yrs) as an educational assistant to become a teacher …

When Looking for Your First Job, What Do You Put for Experience? 
What should you put down for previous employment if you haven't really had any aside from babysitting, or house cleaning, or doing office work for your …

How Far Back Should I Go in My Work History? 
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?

How Do I Describe Two Different Jobs That Were Essentially the Same? 
If you worked at 2 jobs but you did the same thing, how would you word it?

How Far Back Should One Go on a Chronological Resume? 
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 …

Should I List Unrelated Job Experience? 
If a person has experience in different areas of work, such as customer service representative or waitress or cocktail server, but is looking for work …

How Do I List My Current Dates of Employment? 
How do I list on my resume a job if I am currently still working there? For example, I have it listed as 2007 - 2008. Should I just write 2007 - present? …

How Do I List Overlapping Jobs on a Resume? 
I have had 3 jobs. One job in 2008. Another job in 2007. I have had had another job from 2004-present. Do I list the 2004-present job at the top or bottom …

How Do I Handle a Resume Showing Only One Job Over Many Years? 
What if you had a short work history because you only worked for one company for many years? How would you present this on your resume?

How to show job experience? 
Currently I am showing my job experience from current to previous. But both of my job experiences are different from each other. Current experience is …

How far back should I go for work history 
I was at my last job 11 years as a retail manager and the company has a no reference policy. My jobs before that were supervisors at fast food for 6 years …

Should I list an employer twice in a chronological resume? 
I worked for my current employer part-time from 2002 to 2007, left the company from 2007 to 2009 but worked other jobs, then returned to that employer …

How do I reflect my breadth of experience in different fields on my resume? 
I am preparing a resume for the first time in 10 years. I have been self employed for 9 years (Real Estate and Real Estate Education). Prior to that I …

How best to update resume while stilled employed 
I do not want my current employer to know I'm looking. My resume is fairly complete. Is it appropriate to list my current position and job description …

Should I include my VP of Finance for the student body as a work experience? 
I am debating whether if it is okay that I put being Vice President of Finance for the student body as part of my work experience. I get paid a semester …

How do I minimize the appearance of having four employers within five years? 
Though I have very good reasons for each job change the last five years (i.e., physician contract terminated, leadership change, etc.), how can I minimize …

How do I list multiple jobs with similar job responsibilites on my resume without sounding repetitive? 
I am a nurse who worked in an ICU at one hospital and then recently got a job in an ICU step down unit at another hospital. They both have almost the same …

Should I include my last job if the buisness was dissolved because of unethical practices by employers? 
I am applying for positions that I possess skills and training for that do not pertain to my most recent job. My last job I quit due to the business being …

How do I list repeat employment at the same company? 
I have returned to an organization that I served in the same capacity for two years. My job title and responsibilities are essentially the same. What is …

How much detail should I give to jobs from 20 years ago or to jobs with companies that have gone out of business? 
Is my work duties from 25 years ago going to interest a potential employer or just make my resume too long? ANSWER: Your instincts are good, David. …

How do I fit onto the resume three jobs with the same company? 
I started as a off campus float phlebotomist. Then to a team lead. Then a LTC phlebotomist. ANSWER: Carol, I think you'll find the answer to this …

Should I List Unrelated Jobs in my Employment History? 
I am applying for a job as a lifeguard at a local amusement park. I have worked as a lifeguard for 3 years prior to my newest employment. I currently work …

Where can I find info on my employment history? 
What would be the best website to get my employment history? ANSWER: Henry, I'm not sure I understand what you are asking. Although in many ways it …

Is it okay to combine work experience? 
I have worked for the same company for many years in different capacities. Can I combine them into one work history with bullet points for my skills? …

How do I do work experience when I have been raising my children? 
Should I put down my education even if I didn't graduate? And how do single moms who haven't worked put that into a resume? I am writing my resume in …

Overlapping job date 
Hello... I have worked for the "A" company. But I took unpaid leave of absence to get higher degree. After I finish the study, I have joined "B" company. …

How do I show a very brief job in my resume? 
I accepted a job for a major bank a week after I started at a competing company. I was offered a substantially higher salary by the second company, so …

Should you put a job on your resume if they let you go after the 90 probation period? 
I was let go after the probation period. They said it just wasn't working out. Should I put them on my resume when looking for a new job? Answer: …

Should I include my music industry experience on my resume? 
Hello and thank you for your help in advance! I am currently an inside sales representative with a marketing degree and have a good job history of inside …

Should I add an unrelated under the table job to my resume? 
I was laid off in Jan 09 and have been receiving unemployment and working under the table as a nanny to supplement my income as edd is not enough to realistically …

How do I list a part-time job? 
I'm working part-time right now so should I point that out when I list it on my resume? And to complicate things, I was previously working full-time at …

What if my job was outsourced but I still work there? 
My job was outsourced to a third party company, however I still perform the same job duties at the same facility. The only difference is that my paycheck …

Can I use my under the table jobs on my resume? 
I worked in the construction trades for ten years. Unfortunately a few of my jobs were cash paid (under the table) so now that I'm looking for a job I …

Can you list your employment history on a separate page? 
Can you list your employment history on a separate page if you were previously employed at a lot of jobs? ANSWER: I would say NO, this is not a good …

How do I list a backward move due to downsizing? 
I was a Regional Vice President for a Company for 4 years that went through a bankruptcy and closed over 150 stores and went from 13 RVPs to 7. I was …

Returning to the same job. 
I left a job, because the company I was working for was closing and I thought the new job would be a better job. It turned out I didn't like that job at …

If you don't have a specific job title how do you make one 
I don't have a specific job title in my job, so I'm not sure what to list on my resume... Example. Job duties include security, unloading and loading of …

How do you list two different but concurrent jobs in the same company? 
I currently have 2 job titles at the same company. One I started in 2008 and the other in 2009. As far as formatting goes, should I combine them or separate …

How do I state that I worked at the same place more than once? 
What is the most appropriate way to state that I have worked at the same place more than once over a period of time? ANSWER: This is a no-brainer. …

How many previous work histories should you list? 
I am updating my resume and I have jobs listed as far back at 2001 when I started working, should I go back that far? How many should be listed? ANSWER: …

Should I list being an AVON Rep on my resume? 
I have been an AVON Rep for eleven years as a side line. I was fired from my last job and am having a hard time getting hired because of it. Would it …

Should I Be Honest That My Frequent Job Changes Are Due to Domestic Abuse? 
I have been out of work for two years and desperately searching for employment. I have applied to dozens upon dozens of companies, only to be rejected. …

How Do I Show Different Jobs at the Same Employer? 
How do you list that you have had different jobs at different times, but all by the same employer? I have worked at a law firm for 7 years. At first …

How Do I List the Same Basic Job for Two Different Employers? 
I work for a contract maintenance company and I am doing the same exact things now as I did with my previous employer. Do I write the same description …

How Do I Present Employment History If I Worked at Multiple Locations/Positions Within the Same Company? 
I worked for the same company for 8 years. Through the years, I worked at different locations and venues. How do I present my employment history to include …


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