How much work history to include?
August 4, 2008 4:58 PM Subscribe
I'm putting together my resume. How far back do I need to go when writing the employment history? Google does not seem to have any answers for someone in my specific situation.
posted by corey flood to Work & Money (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
And my specific situation is this: I have spent the past three years developing a great skillset for a job that I'm passionate about. Unfortunately, I didn't figure out that I'm passionate about this until two years ago, so my employment history is filled with experience that isn't necessarily relevant to the position I'm applying for. This wouldn't be a huge deal, but because of circumstance (e.g., one employer was unable to pay me, the elderly woman I was caring for passed away, I moved, etc.) many of these previous jobs were short-lived (e.g., lasting less than a year.)
I could go back and list everything from the past ten years, but what I'm wondering is whether it looks shadier to have ten years' worth of somewhat short-term jobs, or whether it looks shadier to only include say, five years' worth of employment history.
I really, really don't want to look shady.
And yes, I do plan to highlight the skills and experience I do have in a section above the work history. :)