How far back should you present your employment history on a resume? By Matthew Coppola

Many who ask this question are faced by either having had a number of jobs with multiple employers throughout their career, or they have 15 – 20 years plus experience and they need to present this on their resume. But when they do, their CV spills on to 5 or more pages and it becomes far too long. Has this happened to you?

If this situation sounds familiar, my suggestion to you is to have a section on your resume that lists (in a small spreadsheet type format) the company, position and duration of all your roles to date. That way employers can see a quick summary and proceed from there. I suggest going no further then 10 years back under your employment history, or limit it to 6 jobs.

If let’s say you applying for a job in a field that you worked in 10 years ago, but you want to promote that experience and not your latest work, then list those jobs down in the employment history section and just under the header, write a small paragraph that acknowledges what you did to date since you worked in the industry you are applying for work in.

This is also a great way to dissuade an employer from assuming you are over qualified if your latest jobs have been more senior or higher paid.

Author: Matthew Coppola, Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions

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Published by Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog

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