How Much Experience Do I Include on My Resume?

How Much Experience Do I Include on My Resume?


Hey everyone, this is Self Made
Millennial, I’m Madeline Mann. And it does not matter if you’re 24 or 64, no matter
the age it is possible to have too much experience on your resume. In this video
I’m going to teach you how much experience to include on your resume as well as what
to do with that experience that maybe is early in your career or not as relevant.
So I went back into all of my resumes and counted how many jobs I’ve had over
the course of my life, and it turns out that I have had 17 different jobs. While
each of these jobs was pivotal in me learning new skills and building towards
the next role that I got, I would never put all 17 of these roles on a
resume. I wouldn’t even put 25% of these roles on a resume. You know how many I
would put on a resume if I built a resume today? Four. For some people it’s
really tough to delete those other roles from their resume because they’re like,
“It’s a part of me, it’s what brought me on this path today.” And I’m so with
you there, but you need to take the word “me” out from your vocabulary and your
mentality. You need to focus on the reader and think, “What is the most
important information that they are going to want to see to make sure that they
match me to this role that I’m applying to?” It’s similar to when you’re Googling
something searching for a website. Let’s say that you want to order a electric
scooter and you go to a site and holy moly cannoli!
Just information overload. Where do you look? Where do you even click? This is too
much. And then you go to a website like this where, oh wow okay there’s not that
much text. It’s very clear, I’m feeling good. I feel like I know what they’re
about. So switch your mindset from using resume as a way to tell your life saga,
to a smooth reader experience. To show your job history, I recommend
focusing your resume on three to five of the roles you’ve had in the past that
are most relevant to the experience of the job you’re applying for. For the
less relevant roles that are maybe in between those roles or are after them, you
can either leave those off or just put one line indicating the dates that you were
there, the name of the role, and the company, but without all the details of
bullet points underneath. It’s also common to create an early career section which
I highly recommend, where you say something like: 2005 to 2011,
various Account Manager roles. You can even list a few the companies, but focus
all of your information on the more recent roles and that’s the
earlier career saying, hey I’ve been working for all this time. If you really
want to show your full career trajectory with all its glory, all the little data points, put
it on your Linkedin, you’re not constrained for space there. I will say that I did
not put all 17 of my jobs on LinkedIn, and actually with each year I usually
delete some of my earlier roles to just further curate what appears on
my LinkedIn profile. But that is a personal choice and it is up to you. Well
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6 thoughts on “How Much Experience Do I Include on My Resume?

  • Its not about you, its about how well you fit in. Thanks Madeline.
    Quick question: How about including academic projects when looking for your first job?

  • One job interview I took stuff off and she acted like I
    Had too many gaps so I just told her I have held a lot of job but I didn't think you want to see all of it

  • Short sweet & to the point!
    I luv you for this video. You saved me a lot of trouble.
    Thank you, so very much. *Hugz from this Canadian gal πŸ€—πŸ

  • I love the playlists on your channel. I just finished all the videos in REAL Resume Examples and Tips You Need to Know Thank you!

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