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How Many Years of Work History Should be on a Resume?

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The Ideal Work History

If you are man or woman who has a long history in the work force, then you should go back 10 to 15 years when writing your resume's work history section. This length of time gives a potential employer a good look at your long-term performance and habits as a worker.

New to the Work Force

Of course, you may be younger and less experienced and will, therefore, not have the ideal 10 to 15 years. If your work history is shorter, just include all the experience you do have. Employers will expect to receive resumes from many applicants for whom the 10 to 15 year guideline does not apply.

Bottom Line

If you have more than 15 years experience, then stick to 10 to 15 years of work history on your resume. If you are less experienced, then just include the work history you do have.


About the Author

Jake Damon has his Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University. Damon has been a writer and editor since 1998. He edits two professional journals, has published books including "Catullan Consciousness" and "Re-Reading Thomas Traherne," and written articles for various academic and trade presses, including Oxford University Press, Associated University Presses and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University.

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