Showing Your Experience On a Resume

Question: What is the best way to show forty years of experience on a resume and still keep the length to two pages?

I recommend showing in chronological order your last ten to fifteen years of experience. For experiences prior to that simply list your companies, job titles and dates. For most candidates their most recent experiences are what recruiters and hiring managers are interested in. Let’s face it your experiences forty years ago should not be all that relevant. I hope in that forty year time frame you have grown. You should question whether this is the right position for you if the company’s decision is based on what you did forty years ago, when compared with the last fifteen years.

There are exceptions to this, if you believe some experience forty years ago is important to the new role, I recommend expanding that relevant experience in your resume.

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I welcome your thoughts and comments.

Brad Remillard


About the Author

Brad Remillard is a founding Partner of IMPACT Hiring Solutions, co-author of "You're NOT the Person I Hired", and "This is NOT the Position I Accepted". Brad is an award-winning international speaker, retained executive recruiter, and expert on hiring and retaining top talent, and executive job search.

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