(Closed) Resume Advice needed!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I would put it in.  

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

If it was a job, put it in there.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It’s totally normal to start dropping early/entry level/non-relevant positions from the end of your resume.  If you have enough more recent stuff that it doesn’t look bare, just take it off.

(this is US-focused advice, I know at least in the UK they expect you to have EVERYTHING, but then you’d probably be asking about your CV)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Cecilia37:  I am responsible for hiring people with less than 10 years experience, usually around 8-10 years experience range for the positions for which I hire. I would find it odd if there were positions missing from their resume, or time gaps.  OP, I wouldn’t recommend this. And to your original question – absolutely I would leave that in.  That is great experience.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Cecilia37:  I agree with you, but not in totality.

My very first job is a bit old now, I have worked for 2 companies since then, the 2nd I held several positions.  Instead of dropping my first job off, I list it like:

Sales Assistant: ABC Company, Anywhere, MI 2000-2001

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Lt.Columbo:  If it was recent, as she says it was, then your comment isn’t different from my advice.

Here is one link to an article mentioning dropping old/irrelevant positions, but I think if you do a google search for “resume irrelevant posiitons”, you’ll find a lot of support for what I’m saying.

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2011/03/28/10-mistakes-youre-making-on-your-resume

The trick is to know the right time to drop things – if it’s not the last position on your resume, if it’s recent, or if it’s relevant, then certainly don’t drop it.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Cecilia37:  That’s fine advice.  I’d still prefer to know what my candidate has been up to, especially if they have less than 10 years experience.  The way @deetroitwhat lists her old positions is perfect.  It may be different if someone has 20+ years experience but I don’t hire those people.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Eva Peron:  It’s fine to leave it off if it’s not relevant.  

Time gaps aren’t the end of the world… I didn’t mean for it to sound that way.  we are all used to it given the bad economy, people are unemployed for longer.  It’s understandable. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Eva Peron:  I’m not sure I understand, do you mean the gap if you took off the first job out of college?  Honestly, I’ve dropped a few early receptionist/asst positions off of my resume, and no one has ever asked.  I did get my degree a few years after I joined the work force though, so the earliest position I still list is dated before my graduation date.

I have a feeling you might get a lot of differing advice.  Each hiring manager is different, and a  resume that will impress one may turn off another.  If your graduation yesr is 2002, and your first job listed starts in 2003, I don’t think anyone would really consider that a gap that needs o be explained.

I was going to say people drop their grad date later in life anyway, but when I googled that it seems like a pretty contentious point.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

If you can’t use it as previous employer, maybe you could still use them asa reference?

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