How Much Work History Belongs on a Résumé?

In the traditional way we think of laying out a résumé, not everything you have ever done belongs. Sometimes there are meaningful things you’ve done in your early career that can be summarized in an early career section. Or you can have another document that answers questions, and one can be, “What have you learned from your early career in how you conduct business?”

Consider the most relevant things that you have done. Not every position should get equal space on a résumé. Depending on your target market certain experiences will get emphasized or de-emphasized. It’s a constant process of strategic choices.

Listen to this excerpt from a session of ExecuNet Master Class in which Career Strategist Harriet Lowenthal talks about what work history belongs on a résumé.



William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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