Don't Devote Disproportionate Space on Resume to Older Jobs


Top Notch Executive Resumes Hiring decision-makers surveyed for the book, Top Notch Executive Resumes identified this as one of their Top 30 Executive Resume Pet Peeves: Disproportionate space is devoted to older jobs. Decision-makers expect to see the greatest proportion of content dedicated to your most recent and most relevant positions. They find it odd if you’ve devoted much more attention to an older job than one that was more recent. “Unless it was an amazing accomplishment, I’m not concerned that you grew sales by 20 percent back in 1987,” said Brian Howell, CSAM, of The QWorks Group.
See all 30 peeves: executive resume peeves 1-10 in Part 1, executive resume peeves 11-20 in Part 2 and executive resume peeves 21-30 in Part 3.