3 Reasons Not To Go Into Detail About Roles You Held 10 + Years Back...
Look - we're not saying remove the jobs entirely; rather, anything from more than 10 years back can be left as a line on your career timeline summary. Roles you had ten plus years ago do not need an entire CV section or worse, *gasp*, a page dedicated to them. (No matter how relevant you feel your work from 2001 might be! Trust us on this!) These are the three main reasons you shouldn't go into detail in your CV about positions older than ten years.
1. IT'S BEEN A DECADE... A LOT HAS CHANGED
Good grief, where do we start with this one? Maybe start by thinking back to the phone you had ten years ago - Yep, it’s likely that dinosaur is not even supported now! A lot can change in a short time in this fast past, tech-centric world, so talking in-depth about the apps, tools, software, hardware, methodologies, and whatever else from 10 years+ ago is most likely... redundant.
Note: If you attained epic achievements during this phase in your career (10 years+ ago), don’t stress - we can work with you to weave these into your updated document, so none of them are forgotten about/going to waste. We are not trying to get rid of your achievements, just any mention of things that are no longer relevant.
2. IT MAKES YOUR CV TOO LONG AND CUMBERSOME
As we’ve repeated time and time again, CVs in New Zealand need to be 2-3 pages. No more, no less. (While a one-page resume can be a useful document for a variety of different reasons, we just don’t use them here in New Zealand very often here).
2-3 pages is not a lot of space to sell yourself WELL on paper, so you need to make sure that what you include is current and filled with achievements and training attained in the last 5 years. There simply isn’t room to go into great detail about a project you did 12 years ago. If that particular tidbit of information is HIGHLY relevant to your next career move, we can find a way to write it into your expertise, but your best bet is to speak to it in your covering letter for the role.
Employers and recruiters want to quickly see why you’re the right person for the job. They don’t want to be flipping through 6 pages and 140 bullet points to work out that you led teams of up to 300 people back in 1996. There are more succinct ways to capture your important information, so please sing out for some assistance if you're stuck.
3. DON'T LOOK BACK; YOU'RE NOT GOING THAT WAY!
The majority of the emphasis in your CV needs to be on your current and immediately previous role. Yes, there are some exceptions to this, of course - a career break or a dramatic career shift in a new direction , for example, but for the most part, people tend to build on their skills and experience with each subsequent role. If you've climbed the ol' career ladder rung by rung in some sort of order, the role you're currently in should technically be the one where you're at your highest level of both skill and/or seniority. We think it makes sense to use this fact to help you leverage yourself to the next rung on the ladder, so you want to use the bulk of your 2-3 page CV real estate to cover your current role, relevant training and achievements.
If you are stuck with how to make this work and feel like it's near impossible to rid your CV of these older jobs without destroying your chances of securing a relevant role today, please feel free to get in touch with us. We are masters of reformulating, reconfiguring, and creatively fixing (see what we did there! haha) your CV, so it is sleek and polished for your next job application!