[Job Search Filter]: How much experience is too much?
December 31, 2012 6:07 AM Subscribe
When putting down professional experience on a resume, how much is too much?
posted by TrishaLynn to Work & Money (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm moving to Minneapolis, MN at the end of this month and I've been applying for jobs as an administrative and/or executive assistant, as I have experience in both.
The problem is that my professional experience stretches all the way back to 1999 when I got my first taste of "white collar" work and was an assistant to two sales reps whose names I can't remember (and Google isn't helping). Almost every job I've had since then (minus the associate editor one, because it's not really relevant to the admin assistant/executive assistant track...or is it?) has helped increase my skills in various areas like event planning, special projects, Microsoft Access (a little), travel planning, etc.
If I only started doing the executive assistant/administrative assistant thing since 2008, do I stop there when listing my professional experience? Or do I really go all the way back to 1999?
I don't want to scare someone into not hiring me because I could be beyond their pay scale range by having 13 years of experience as an assistant, but I also want to beat out all those other applicants who may only have five years of experience.