This is not just a question for older professionals. It’s one it starts to come into play when you’re in your 30s! In this video, I explained what popular thinking is and what you should do.

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How far back Should I go with my resume? I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, I'm a career and leadership coach. And my website is the big game, where I have 1000s of posts that you can watch, listen to or read, that will help you in a lot of different ways. Now, although this is overtly a video geared toward more experienced people,

the fact is, there comes a point in your career, where you're not necessarily linear, we say that where you can be in your late 30s, and your 40s. And the relevance of this video becomes more important.

So how far back should you go? Now the same thinking is 10 to 15 years. But that's a pretty wide range. Now, as I record this in 2021 15 years, is 2006.

A lot has happened since then, right? And if you're in technology, a lot of the rules of the road have changed a lot since 2006. Right? Even 2011,

which is 10 years, a lot has changed. So how do you start doing triage on your resume. And that really comes down to relevance of the role. Now, if in the head, or if a manager or VP is asking him, I want a full resume from you give him a full resume. But most of the time, there's no request like that. They're looking for information that's going to demonstrate how you fit the role. Now, I'm not a believer in functional resumes, because too many organizations think of those as being documents where someone is hiding something about their background. So it's got to be chronological. And let's say it's 10 years, and you have a significant amount of experience before that. You can say in one sentence, prior experience was with and you list to three firms, where I started as a and develop my expertise to the point where I was a fill in the blank that can cover a lot of experience. And anytime you're asked about it, you can say it didn't really seem relevant for the role. But sure, I'm happy to tell you about it.

And leave it at that. Most of the time, they're going to zero in on that 10 to 15 year period, because it will be the most relevant for their purposes. After all, the truth of the matter is, no one cares about what you did. When brock obama was in his first term as president. It's just not important to that. You've changed a lot since then, right? And so

so all they really care about is how you can help them solve a problem. And that's what your resume needs to focus on. So again, how far back Should we go 10 to 15 years. be judicious. You know, don't include things that are dumb. Just focus in on what's most important to them in watching, give them hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman, my website, again is the big game That blog is terrific. It's one of those great resources that people use to find out information about their search, but it's not personalized for you. You can get a lot of information. But what I do in my coaching is use my vast experience because I've worked in search for as many years as I did to help you in a pinpoint way. Also, at the site, you can schedule time for a free discovery call and schedule time for coaching with me, I'd love to help and the coaching can be around job search filing more effectively, management leadership resolving workplace related issues. Also, connect with me on linkedin at, Have a terrific day and most importantly, be great. Take care


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2200 episodes.

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