One of the first things I do when reviewing a resumé is scanning it’s length. As soon as my mouse scrolls past two pages, I cringe.
Unless you’re writing a CV (which is primarily for industries like academia, research and science), your resumé should not exceed 2 pages.
There are two ways of doing this. You can reduce the number of responsibilities and only stick to the relevant ones.
The second way, the preferred way, is to exclude the job altogether.
At this point you might be wondering “Woah! Exclude a job? What are you talking about? Every job I’ve ever done is important!”
Well, not really.
Remember, the only purpose of a resumé is to get a screening call for the job interview. Nothing more.
As such, the recruiter does not need to see every single job you’ve ever done. See if you fit into any of these scenarios and exclude your jobs accordingly.
Scenario #1 Only include the jobs that ended in the last 10 years.
So for example, if in your entire career you’ve done:
Job #1 2012-2020
Job #2 2008-2012
Job #3 2005-2008
You should exclude Job #3.
Why 10 years? This is the general guideline as per career experts, the logic being that what you’ve done in the last 10 years is what primarily shapes how you will perform in the new job.
Scenario #2 Exclude historical irrelevant jobs
If you’re applying for a job as a project coordinator, that job as a retail sales rep you did 8 years ago will not really move the needle to influence the recruiter to make that call/no-call decision.
An exception may be if that job was in the exact same industry as you’re targeting now.
For example, if you’re applying for a project coordinator job in the banking industry, and you used to be a customer sales rep for a bank, then you will find relevance there.
As hard as it is to leave out that precious experience, recall that your resumé’s purpose is to get the job interview. Then, use the job interview to bring up that experience where appropriate.
See? It won’t be wasted after all.