Re: How to mention distant-past experience on a resume?

Subject: Re: How to mention distant-past experience on a resume?
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:33:10 -0800

I've tried that trick (removing dates) on a traditional resume, but a
couple of places demanded that I send them a version with the dates put
back in. I reluctantly capitulated.

But like the OP (and many others who'll read this post), I have related
experience dating back to the late '70s when I held copywriting and
production positions in traditional media before becoming an early adopter
of electronic publishing in '86.

Having this depth of experience has really helped over the years, including
on a recent design-house-created ebook that my client thought was ready to
release. It not only had typographical errors, but no one had thought to
fine-tune the tracking in their justified
text copy blocks.

As I learned years ago as a line cook at prestigious destination
restaurant, "If it doesn't look appetizing, don't serve it!"

> Chris

On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 7:17 AM, Caroline Leopold <
caroline -dot- leopold -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> I agree with Gene. Your resume can begin with a summary of skills and
> experience. If experience is too far in the past, it may be ignored.
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> My current resume (2 pages) begins with summary of skills and recent
> accomplishments. Then, I have a concise chronology of my FT work experience
> from before I went freelance.
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> The nice part about being a freelancer is I have worked with so many
> clients. I cherry pick successes most relevant to the opportunity.
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> Good luck with the job.
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> On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
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> > I'd put a bulleted summary of pertinent skills and experience in your
> > introduction and then follow it up with the past 10 years of jobs. Save
> > any needed explanation of where and when for the interview. Most hiring
> > managers won't bother to read past your last 10 years even if you do
> > include it.
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> > On 11/21/2014 8:07 PM, Dave C wrote:
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> >> ...without disclosing oneâs age? If it wasnât valuable experience
> >> pertinent to the job, I wouldnât put it up. But the experience prior to
> â90
> >> could be valuable to show.
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> >> Currently this category under Experience looks like this:
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> >> Work Experience:
> >> 2003-present Business Owner
> >> blah, blah
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> >> 1990-2003 Writer (contract)
> >> Client #1
> >> blah, blah
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> >> Client #2
> >> blah, blah
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> >> 1983-1990 Writer (full-time)
> >> Employer #1
> >> blah, blah
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> >> Employer #2
> >> blah, blah
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> >> Maybe just eliminate the last range of years and replace with âPermanent
> >> Employmentâ or such, and a length of time employed there?
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References:
How to mention distant-past experience on a resume?: From: Dave C
Re: How to mention distant-past experience on a resume?: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: How to mention distant-past experience on a resume?: From: Caroline Leopold

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