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

Subject: Re: How to mention distant-past experience on a resume?
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>, Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 18:20:14 -0800

Look at that long past "relevant" experience and tear it down to its component functions, then look for the more recent jobs you've had in which you used those. The only person who's likely to be pulled in by the fact that you "used to be" a programmer, lab tech or telecom developer 20 years ago is the recruiter or HR drone who's skimming your resume for key words (not that you don't have to attract that person, but don't make the pandering too obvious). The real hiring manager is going to be looking for something that shows you have skills that are relevant to what's going to be in the contract now.

Gene Kim-Eng

On 11/30/2014 5:32 PM, Stuart Burnfield wrote:

Instead, I'd mention the relevant-but-old experience in the cover
letter or intro paragraph ("... experienced technical writer and
former XXX") and list only the recent and relevant gigs in the body of
the rÃsumÃ. If they're curious about when you got the XXX experience
they can ask at the interview.

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