If you have found the right resume template to make your resume stand out, it's time to fill it out. When you get to the experience section you need to consider how much of your experience you should put there. There are a few simple rules or guidelines to help you know what to include. There is also one tip for how to write about your experience that you should really know.


The 10 year rule

The general rule is that if the experience is over 10 years old, don't include it. There are many exceptions to that rule. For instance, if you have been at one job for more than 10 years, list the jobs that came before it, but only if they are as substantial as the current job you are in. For instance, if you have been a CEO of a company for 12 years, list that you were a district manager before; don't list if the job before your CEO position was driving an ice cream truck. Use common sense to tell if positions are related.


What really matters – the one tip you need to know

What really matters about your experience are the accomplishments you can list. Many people write a job description for their past positions, but generally people know what each of your jobs entailed as far as duties. On your Curriculum Vitae, talk more about the skills you used, and the specific accomplishments you achieved while in that position.


If you don't have specific experience, list it all (sort of)

If you don't have 10 years of experience in work yet, list all of your work – sort of. Leave off the jobs that really don't relate to the position you are applying for. If you are applying for a position totally unrelated to what you have done in the past, punch up your objective/goal statement on the resume to briefly explain this transition.

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