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How far back should you go in your resume?

We like to hang onto things that bring back memories, even on our resumes. But there is a point that you need to really think through the value. Are you hanging onto old jobs that mean something to you but really only date you? Are you afraid that those things in the past need to be there to support the roles that you are looking to land?

While everything you have done in your career can set the stage for your success in future jobs, a resume is a marketing tool designed to showcase your best contributions and accomplishments. The question you need to ask yourself is: “Does everything on my resume show my value?”

What is a resume accomplishment?

While many people hear the word accomplishment and think award or honor, this is not the way a recruiter or hiring manager will perceive an accomplishment. When we talk about your value, we are talking about your value in terms of the next employer. You may see something as very valuable and you may relish an award or certificate but what I want to know as a professional resume writer is what will that award mean to the next employer. How do we position the work that you did to win the award?

Now as you look back at your resume, what talking points have your past positions generated? Can we just highlight the accomplishment in the showcase section of the resume up front and eliminate a laundry list of old positions?

If you are hanging onto an old position because you are transitioning into a new field and you think your more recent roles didn’t show your expertise in that area, think more about the impact you can have with everything in the resume fine-tuned to speak to what you bring to this position.

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Global Marketing Director

Fortune 500 Company, Pennsylvania

“Hey Julie, Just a short note to say thanks for your help with my resume. It was a great help for me in landing a couple of opportunities that led to offers.”

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Banking, Maryland

“It has been a whirlwind since you completed my resume, a lot of changes to the organization in light of the merger, a busy market, and as well a lot of folks making decisions to leave versus stay.

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New York, NY

I wanted to find someone who will work with me live, so I can explain all my responsibilities and accomplishments to a literate professional, who will then be able to put it into right words and create a “WOW” resume for me.

Next day I woke up and for some reason my gut told me to work with Julie, so I called her, and boy was my gut right. I am so happy with my new resume and cover letter, I have a second breath for job search. We worked live on Skype all the time, I could see exactly what she was doing, and I couldn’t ask for a more personalized experience for my money.

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Boston, MA

I wanted to reach out and let you know I landed my next exciting opportunity! On March 28, I'll be joining ABC Company as their EVP Marketing. The fit couldn't feel more perfect! I'm so excited and can hardly wait to get started. Thanks so much for everything you've done to help make me look good! :) It worked. (again!)

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Transportation Industry, New York, NY

"My first walk-in transportation company (ABC Freight) and my first job opportunity! I can't thank you enough!"
His goal - the transportation industry. He was ready to leave a successful career selling Manhattan real estate to follow his passion!

Instructional Designer

University, Wisconsin

“I highly recommend Julie as a professional career management consultant. Her ability to assess her clients needs and desires, and then creatively collaborate with them to create an overall digital profile that truly represents “who they are” is amazing.

It was time to give my professional profile some pizzaz, and create a professional online presence, and the first person that I thought of was Julie. After working with Julie as a professional, I can say that the service Julie provides is nothing short of the way to (as her web site states) “find your perfect career marketing strategy”. Give her personal face-to-face strategy a try!”