Her Resume Has Too Much Information


This posting is a guest entry from the Career Doctor, Randall S. Hansen, PhD: Leona writes: I am currently job hunting in a new city. I have no formal training, but a lot of work experience in different areas. In my old resume I included phone numbers of past employers; is this necessary? Currently, my resume is three pages. I have a lot of experience and I am not sure how to go about condensing it. Would you be able to give me some ideas? How far back should I go with my work history? Do I give dates of time employed, and do I give the name of my supervisor of each employer? I am at a loss. I haven’t written a resume in a few years.
The Career Doctor responds: Ouch … sounds like you have fallen into the trap of putting way too much information on your resume. Your first step has to be revising your resume, so let’s begin there. Are these jobs you have related in any way? Have you used similar skills? To identify employers, simply list a company name and city, state. You do not need addresses or phone numbers. If a former supervisor has offered to be a reference, then that information would go on a separate references page. You can get more information about resumes, as well as links to other resume resources, by visiting Resume Resources section of Quintessential Careers.