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Resume Question: When do you have too much experience?

When you have 20 or more years of experience and a traditional reverse chronological resume is 3 or more pages, how do you decided what to include?

Regardless of your field, the resume is your opportunity to highlight relevant accomplishments, skills, experience and knowledge.

NOTE - If you are in the "resume is dead" camp, replace the word "resume" with "LinkedIn profile".

Are you an executive? An employer will be looking for a combination of accomplishments that may include change management, vision creation and implementation, budget oversight, board relations and ROI. They will not be as interested in the Business Analyst position you held when you were twenty.

Are you in a technical field? Employers will be looking for experience or familiarity with the most recent technology. They will also be interested in your transferable skills in team leadership, project management and communication skills. They will not be as interested in your involvement in the cool technology trend in the late 80's. This experience may build a conversation, but it will not get you the job.

You can either decide to just list recent and relevant experience under "Recent Experience" or "Relevant Experience" headers. Or, you can split you experience into "Recent Experience" and "Other Work Experience", minimizing the descriptions of the other work experience.

What other suggestions would you make to someone retooling their experience for a career transition? Add you comments below.

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