How Much Job Detail Should You Put on Your Resume – Ask the Readers
July 3, 2008
Do you put your entire work history on your resume or only jobs that are relevant to the position you’re applying for?
We’ve been doing a lot of interviewing at work lately and I’ve noticed that a lot of applicants list every single job they’ve ever had on their resume, regardless of whether they’re applicable to the job they’re applying for.
Looking at it from the perspective of the candidate, I guess they’re trying to show a long steady history of work ethics and continuous employment. Some of the jobs are quite diverse which I suppose could catch a potential employer’s eye and help them stand out.
Just listing all your past jobs isn’t such a big deal but when you give extensive detail on past (irrelevant) jobs and even discuss them in the application letter or email it seems almost a form of “resume stuffing”. As if you don’t have all the skills necessary for the job in question so you talk at length about other qualifications.
So what do you think, from the perspective of someone doing the interviewing/hiring for a specialized job do you care that the candidate delivered pizzas in high school? When you submit your own resume, how do you decide which details to include and which to leave off? You can share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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