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Exec Branding Expert Offers Date Guidelines for Resumes


This post is part of a series of excerpts from ExecuNet’s report, Making Your Résumé Recruiter Ready By ExecuNet contributing editor Marji McClure. You can download a free copy by going here.
image_promolanding_resume_recruiter_ready.gif While some executives are apprehensive about including dates (including specific years of employment and college graduation dates) because they fear age bias, some recruiters say they want to see dates. Including such information makes recruiters feel candidates are being honest, and not hiding crucial information about their candidacy. “Put all of the information on. Don’t leave it off due to a fear of age discrimination,” says an executive recruiter. Another advises job seekers to include college graduation dates. If not mentioned, “it is clearly intended to hide information and gets us off on the wrong foot,” says the recruiter. Experienced executives are sometimes uncertain about how much work experience to include on their résumés, and if listing the last couple of jobs is enough or if they need to describe every job they have ever held. Executive branding expert David Topus suggests following these general guidelines:
  • focus 60 percent of résumé on the last 10 years
  • 30 percent on the prior 10 years
  • 10 percent on the years before that