ResumeFilter: Should I show life long interest with a high school job?
January 20, 2014 2:46 PM Subscribe
I'm applying for a new tech support/programming job, and I'm unsure which of two older positions to put on my resume. There can only be one.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (7 answers total)
I'm applying for a position at a company that I would describe as very Silicon Valley-esque (Let's call it Haze Brook). They make it clear that they like applicants to have a wide range of technical knowledge. Through various blog posts, Haze Brook also seems to like applicants that have been interested in technology since a young age. I have a older job that helps shows that, but in the interest of keeping my resume to one page, it would be at the expense of a slightly more relevant job.
The job I'm applying for is a support position that includes a decent level of programming. My current position of 3 years is mostly programming, and my previous job of ~4 years was a mix of support and programming. Those two positions will be on my resume.
Prior to that (actually slightly overlapping for a few months), I worked in a support role for 9 months before I moved out of state for school. It's recent enough and certainly relevant but I feel that it doesn't illustrate anything beyond that. I wasn't there long enough to have any special accomplishments.
Before that, while I was in high school, I worked for a year at a family owned retail store, only leaving because it went out of business. I worked mainly with customers, but over time I wrote several ridiculously duct-taped-together pieces of software to help streamline inventory workflow. It was nothing fancy and I normally leave this job off, but I realized that this shows I've been interested in technology even before I was really working in the field.
To make everything fit on one page, I can only list 4 jobs. Because my 4 year job was really two different positions, I list it twice to explain my varying responsibilities. That then leaves room for my current position and one more.
Is it worth showing my early interest in programming in an attempt to catch their attention, or should I keep it recent and relevant? Either way the missing position would most likely come up in interviews. It will be on my LinkedIn profile as well.