Been at Job for 10 years, What do I do with Resume?
February 24, 2015 8:36 PM   Subscribe

I have been with the same company/educational institution for 10 years. What should I do with my resume? Is it necessary to put jobs that I had over 10 years ago relevant?

I have placed accomplishment statements under the current job. I have also included the job i had previous to that. I kept some community service work on their that I feel is relevant because it shows skills that I am capable of. What do I do? I have thought a lot about it. This is the best solution I have come to. Anyone care to weigh in?

A few additional details...
I am an archivist, which is a librarian of rare documents, or a records manager for old documents. I am also a librarian. I would like to step outside of higher education, but am willing to stay in higher ed. too. I'm not sure what the right move is right now. I am just trying to get the resume up to snuff first. Should I have a separate resume for corporate jobs, and other positions outside the realm of higher education? I think the answer is "yes."

I enjoy writing and blog for a New England-based sports blog. I love to write and would like to do so for a living. It is a bit of pipe dream at this point because I will never make much money at it.

Thanks for reading. I look forward to your suggestions.
posted by Jewel98 to Work & Money (9 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
 
It would be helpful if you could explain what kind of resume you are using. I would recommend a hybrid resume, which will allow you to highlight the depth and breadth of your experience, especially since I imagine your accomplishments over 10 years are many.
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 9:24 PM on February 24, 2015


Yes you definitely should have separate resumes if you're applying to drastically different jobs.

You could put the sports writing in an "other experience" section.

I don't know what the standard is for exactly how far back you need to go, but include some relevant past jobs especially if they are in the same area. You don't need to go into as much detail.

As to Chausette's comment, I would be careful using anything other than a chronological resume. Many hiring managers find hybrid or functional resumes confusing to read, and they often look like you're hiding something.
posted by radioamy at 9:30 PM on February 24, 2015 [4 favorites]


+1 with radioamy. Don't go away from chronological resumes but have different ones that highlight different things. What would differ would be the "summary" section and the skills that you would highlight. When you talk about each job, choose different things to highlight during your tenure that fits more with the job you are seeking.
posted by pando11 at 9:34 PM on February 24, 2015


I have a few different CVs that I use for different job applications, depending on what kind of job I'm applying for. They use different language - for instance, I have an IT one which goes into technical detail on specific IT technologies I'm familiar with; and a care work one which glosses over IT and focuses on the work I've done with community groups and organisations. (I'm mid-career-change from IT to care and nursing right now.) When I'm applying, I pull the relevant CV file into my word processor, chop and change the odd bit to suit the specific job description and fire it off.

Something I don't do is go back beyond 2008 with past jobs. Anyone hiring for a professional position isn't going to care that I worked in a now-defunct hardware store in 2004. It's the kind of thing you add when you're 19 and need to pad out your CV so it's more than half a page long. I do, however, include details of voluntary and community work I've done - because it's work that I've done, it's experience that I've got, and just because it wasn't paid doesn't make it any less valid.

I think the fact that I gave my time to help set up a community radio station in 2009 and worked on a community garden in 2012 is more relevant to me, and what I can offer an employer now, than the fact that I stacked shelves in the mid-2000s - even though the latter was paid. In fact, a lot of job advertisements and application forms these days specifically ask you to include relevant voluntary work.

So put your voluntary work into the same section as you put your past jobs, note "voluntary" where you would ordinarily put the salary details, and good luck!
posted by winterhill at 4:02 AM on February 25, 2015


I have many different CVs, tailored to different jobs.

I do a very straight-forward chronological resume. I think they're the best, and they match the scanning most employers are using on their employment websites.

Put all the jobs that pertain to your experience. Don't put anything on the resume that doesn't demonstrate skills required by the job you're applying for.

Have someone you trust review your resume and tell them you want BRUTAL feedback. I have a lot of free time, I'll be happy to do it.

Good luck to you!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 5:35 AM on February 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


What Ruthless Bunny says. You now have to have a specific tailored resume for every job. First, write a master resume that lists everything you've ever done, in order from most recent to least recent. Then every time you apply for a job, you do a new revised resume, only mentioning things that are related to the job you are applying for. I mention my previous career if I am specifically citing writing/ research skills and a job I am looking at wants that, but if I'm applying for something that doesn't care about that, then I leave it off entirely. I mention my volunteer job if they're looking for public service/teaching skills, but if they don't care, then I don't mention it. In your case, only mention the blog if you are applying for something that has writing skills, AND if you're okay with jobs reading it. (Which these days may not always be the best idea. I don't mention anything I've ever done online myself.)

I speak as someone who went to the career counselor a lot about this stuff. I also recommend reading askamanager.org.
posted by jenfullmoon at 6:52 AM on February 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


Yes definitely read Ask a Manager!
posted by radioamy at 7:29 AM on February 25, 2015


If you don't type "resumé" correctly in your cover letter, people are less likely to hire you (for the kind of job you want).
posted by w0mbat at 11:56 AM on February 25, 2015


Thanks for everyone's suggestions. I just wanted to make sure I was headed in the right direction in having more than one résumé that I am submitting. I definitely want to look into Ask A Manager.

And wombat, I know how to spell résumé...I was just being lazy...You, however, should check a dictionary. At least be right when correcting someone.
posted by Jewel98 at 6:14 PM on February 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


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