How much work experience should I write into my resume?

Putting together a good resume is vital to finding a great job. So, in this case, you must consider what to keep in and what to take out of your resume. Writing your resume needs consideration because you should produce a document that best represents who you are. Your resume will only progress to the interview folder if you make it readable! You won’t get the interviews if you have a “near enough is good enough” mentality. You are better off spending that time watching Netflix or taking a nap. Effort = Reward.

Now that we agree that you are worth the effort to produce a great resume, let’s look at some tips on the question – Should I put every job on my resume?

My first reaction is to shout no because over the many years of reading resumes, I have come across many resumes so long, that it would take me 30 minutes to read. But, unfortunately, I don’t have the time. (Don’t get me started on font, layout, bad photos – the list goes on). However, there is no one size fits all answer to this question. Rule of thumb, jobs on resumes should be relevant to the job you are applying for or help build the case for why you are the best candidate for the job.

No/minimal experience

You are probably at the stage where you haven’t had many jobs. In this case, keep all your work experience on your resume. Write about the skills you have gained through the job, especially how they relate to the role you are applying. Work experience (even if babysitting) shows an employer that you are responsible enough to hold down a job while studying or in a gap year.

Volunteer work is also great to put on your resume, with or without much experience. It points to your values and shows you care, which is essential in these times.

Quite a bit of Experience

It would be best if you only highlighted the most relevant and most recent positions you have held, leaving off any roles that don’t improve your chances of being hired. For example, any previous jobs unrelated to your current career path (like a customer service job you had at the local news agency during university) take them off your resume. You probably have some excellent experience, so get into the detail on that relevant experience. What did you do in the role, what was your responsibility, and what sort of leader are you?

Uber Experience

Your resume isn’t a legally binding document, so you don’t have to have every single job you have worked in listed. Your resume is an overview of your most relevant experience and skills, not a complete list of your work history. Pick the roles that demonstrate you are qualified to do the job you are applying for, scrap the rest or list some of them as one-liners, and forget the detail. Make sure you are not presenting a resume that will best represent who you are. That is an experienced wealth of knowledge!

One of our uber-experienced job seekers found that after he had cut his resume in half and used one of our Recruitable Hub templates, he started getting interviews which led to a great job. Before that, he wasn’t getting any interviews. For the more experienced job seeker, read our blog –

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