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How Far Back Should A Resume Go? Here's What To Include

Resumes usually have no specific guidelines despite being the most crucial aspect of initially applying for a job . However, there is still an unspecified standard that resumes are expected to uphold by employers and recruiters. This makes job searching very often challenging and ambiguous. Luckily, there are some recommended guidelines to follow when it comes to curating a resume that have been recommended by job recruiters and other experts in the subject. Here are some guidelines for those wondering “how far back should a resume go?” A general rule of thumb is to include around 10-15 years of work experience on a resume. According to Lisa Tynan for Top Resume , reducing the job history section of a resume to this amount of time helps to keep the resume concise, only focuses on the most important and/or relevant information and combats against age discrimination caused by the amount of time a person has spent working. However, thinking in terms of the specific industry/position...

Jan 11, 2024

'I Never Had A Real Job In My Life' — Shaquille O'Neal Admits He's Grateful But Ashamed For Not Being Able To Help His Son Craft A Resume

When you’ve lived the life that Shaquille O’Neal has been fortunate to live, having a traditional resume is not on the list of must-haves. However, for others, his children included, having a resume could prove to be a necessary asset for the future. In an interview with David Koch for Sunrise News, O’Neal opened up about his sports career, business moves, and how he couldn’t help his son fill out a resume.

Aug 29, 2022

How to Write a Killer Resume and Land Your Next Job

One of the first steps to landing your next job is producing a resume that effectively showcases you to a potential employer. Your resume, along with your cover letter, often serves as the first impression a hiring manager has of you. And just as you would wear a sharply pressed suit to a job fair to make a favorable first impression, you should take similar care to craft a resume that is polished and professional to maximize your chances of landing an interview and securing a job. Most resumes consist of your contact information, followed by sections that detail your experience, skills, education, and relevant interests (usually in that order). There are numerous resume templates online that you can download and swap out boilerplate language with your own information. But you’ll need to put in a little more elbow grease to craft a resume that really stands out. Formatting Your Resume In most cases, it’s best to keep your resume formatting fairly simple. Use a conventional font,...

Aug 25, 2020

How to Write an Effective Cover Letter

Nearly every job application requires a cover letter — a brief one to two-page document in which you make your case in writing as to why you are the best candidate for the job opening in question. Your cover letter allows you to provide context to your career trajectory thus far, provide concrete and detailed examples of your past success, and outline how your experience to date would add value to a prospective employer. A well-written cover letter can help you advance to the next stage of the job application process, while a poorly written one may end your chances of landing the job. But you can craft an engaging and persuasive cover letter by following these simple tips. Tailor your cover letter Many job candidates draft a single cover letter and use it for every job opening to which they apply. Experienced HR managers can quickly spot these generic cover letters — letters which call into question a job applicant’s desire to work for their company and, if hired, their willingness...

Mar 26, 2020

As A Black Creative, It's Time To Ditch The Traditional Resume Template

Not many of us have the time to search through boring resume templates on Google only to finally choose a standard resume design. While searching for a style, you may think to yourself that you shouldn’t rock the boat with your resume style choices, right? Wrong. I know the struggle of trying to minimize your creativity — it’s real, especially for Black creatives and millennials whose only creative outlet on a resume is changing the font of the title to something with a little more sauce. However, there are other ways to remain creative yet professional. Here is a guide on how to be unapologetically you on your resume: 1. Consider the wording Leave your thesaurus at home. If you don’t use the word “ingenious” on the daily, then don’t try to impress the employer by using it now. Instead, use language that comes naturally to you. Show some personality! A cool approach to take is adding some conversational statements in your resume. For example, instead of dry bullet points underneath...

Sep 24, 2019