How Much History to Include in Resume?
Since we're talking about resumes, I have a tough question... I've been a business applications programmer for ten years, and, in April, I'll be getting my second BS - this time in CS. With the new degree, I'd like to get into something more technical. Maybe some scientific programming with, perhaps, a company like Raytheon, or maybe a small engineering software company.
Definitely put the work history in. Getting the degree while working fulltime shows a lot of initiative and energy.
Give away your work history that is relevant to the job you are applying for.
It depends on whether it has the potential to hurt you or not. Now suppose I list all my work experience on a full time job app. Mine goes back to 1964, so right off the bat most managers, no I'll correct that, ALL managers will reject it based on age alone.
I would suggest that you limit your resume to one page. Go back in time only to 10 years or whatever you have room for. Keep each position description short and sweet, highlights only.
just put a one-liner that says something like "I put my self through school programming business systems." the thing about 10 year old stuff is nobody gives a shit unless it was something amazing. "I wrote the doom engine" is amazing and should be left in. "I created reports using clipper 3.4.2 for the local dentist" is not amazing and should be left out.
The only time I left position out of my CV (it was for my first job, 20 years ago), the interviewer spotted the gap and wanted to know if I'd been to jail!
Thanks for the responses.
Talk to somebody at the company before submitting a resume. Should be easy to do if there are a lot of developers there. 888
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