My computer died with my most recent resume, so I’ll be writing a new one. I’m sure nobody is interested in my bag boy job at age 16, but I’ve come to realize I’m getting old and have been a nurse for quite a long time. My first nursing job was with an agency that doesn’t exist anymore, and I can’t remember the name of the manager I worked for, so adding that job from 18 years ago probably wouldn’t help my cause much.
How far back do you go? Just as far back as your experience in those jobs help you get the job you are after? I’ve been at my current job for 13 years … do I really need to go beyond that, or should I just focus more on the skills I have acquired in the last decade?
Bummer about your computer dying! I typically go back 7 years. I’ve found that employers tend to request job history for about that length of time.
I have only been a nurse for 2 years, so I highlight my nursing experience (obviously), and my computer and leadership skills from past employment.
Good luck on your new resume! It sucks to have to start over, but it gives you the opportunity to focus on your recent accomplishments.
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