Do I Need to Put All Past Work Experience on a Resume?

When applying for any job, job seekers have to show that they have experience in the position or field they are applying for to get a better shot at getting signed in. If you have the experience, there is less need to train you or give you a trial run.

But, what do you do if you have extensive work experience and are looking for new work? Do you write all of that in your resume?

The quick answer is no; you don’t have to write all your past work experience in your resume when you apply to a new position. Many experts advise that you write only the most recent ones or the job experience related to the post you are applying for rather than cramming everything in one resume.

If you want to show your experience in your resume better, here are some tips to help you revise your resume:

Limit The Experience You Can Include

Hiring managers want to see the relevant experience an applicant wants immediately on a resume and not have to skim through numerous pages to see it. If you are not sure how many years of work experience to include on the resume, consider the position you are posting for.

Experts recommend writing down your work experience for the past 10 years in your application. But, if the position requires more than 10 years of experience, you can add more than that.

Please do not make the hiring manager or recruiter hunt down the requisites they need among the jungle of words.

Omit Unrelated Positions

If you plan to apply in a new industry or work in various fields, you should remove the jobs not related to the position you plan to apply for. For example, suppose you are applying for a management job. In that case, you should omit the ones you did for teaching and retail unless there are related responsibilities or within the same industry. Adding all your positions will confuse the employer and make them think you are not a focused applicant.

If needed, list all the related jobs in the industry you have done before to support your qualifications in the position you are applying.

Add Internships And Other Work Experience

For new graduates who have a lot of internships and other volunteer experiences, you shouldn’t be afraid to write that down in your resume, even if it is not related to the position. This shows employers that you have a strong collaboration experience and what your work ethic is all about. You can omit these positions once you gather actual work experience professionally.

Add Dates On Your Certifications And Training

If you have done certification classes and training, list down their dates to show how recent your accreditations are. You should also provide a synopsis regarding these classes to give the hiring manager an idea.

As a job seeker, you need to promote yourself well to be considered for the position you are applying. If you have a lot of work experience, you frame them accordingly to show that you are the applicant they are looking. Use the tips I listed above to make your application stand out and showcase your experience well.

Make your resume stand out by following these tips carefully:
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Do’s and Dont’s to Protect Your Privacy as a Job Hunter

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for another great posting, Kally! I hope you had a beautiful weekend, and wish you a wonderful week! xx Michael

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much and I truly appreciate that you take time to comment, Michael. 😍

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  2. aparna12 says:

    Very Beautiful, interesting and the most useful blog for the job seekers . Well done, dear Kally. Keep up the good work. ♥️♥️♥️🌹🌹🌹🌹. All the best.

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much and I truly appreciate that you take time to comment. 😍

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  3. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    💜 I Agree EveryOne; fortunately many organisations seek potential rather than “experience” because potential is easier to mould in to corporate culture than “experience” that is Stuck…that said; some of the Organisations Blend Youth and Age to Amazing Effect like Bunnings and Coles in Australia 🇦🇺 😀 😄 😉 😎 😊 🇦🇺 EveryBody

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much and I truly appreciate that you take time to comment. 😍

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      1. Yernasia Quorelios says:

        💜 YOU!!! ARE Most Welcome 🙏🏿 🤗 ☺️ 😊 🙌 😀 🙏🏿 SupaSoulSis; keep up the good work, very good, carry on

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        1. Kally says:

          Yes I will because of your support!

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  4. Dragthepen says:

    Very informative.

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    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much and I truly appreciate that you take time to comment. 😍

      Like

  5. newwhitebear says:

    very useful for job seekers

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    1. Kally says:

      I do hope so! Thank you!

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  6. This question has always plagued me …. thanks for a great answer! Best Wishes! Leigh

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    1. Kally says:

      Thanks much, Leigh!

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  7. Willow Croft says:

    Very helpful! I’m revamping my CV/resumes in hopes of picking up some extra work! Thanks!

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    1. Kally says:

      I’m delighted to know that this post helped you!

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  8. Great information here! They also say one page resumes for those without much related work experience and two pages for those with ten or more years of related work experience.

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    1. Kally says:

      You are correct. Nothing more than 3 pages though otherwise it will be too much.

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      1. Yes, I’ve seen three page resumes also. Usually for senior level positions, such as management.

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