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Old 07-24-2013, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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I am retiring from my civil service job at the end of the year (mandatory age). After a brief time off, I want to go back to work. I haven't prepared anything close to a resume for over 25 years, so I have a question for you job hunters and resume experts.

If I have worked for an employer many years do I need to list every position I held? For example, lets say I started as bus boy at a restaurant chain and then held many jobs of increasing responsibility and rank until I became CEO by the end of 25 years, how is that handled on a resume. Do I need to list every position or for that employer, could I just summarize that I began as a bus boy and progressed to CEO.

Your guidance is most appreciated.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:15 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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If you worked for the same company for 25 years I would do exactly as you planned on doing, put in the to and from dates with the position you finally held and then underneath that briefly list the positions you held within that company from start to finish. Good luck!
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Thanks STT. A line or so for each position and then describe my final position in more detail? My final position will be the one that will pull in the $$$$
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:09 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Thanks STT. A line or so for each position and then describe my final position in more detail? My final position will be the one that will pull in the $$$$
I wouldn't even devote as much as "a line or two for each position" but rather just add what's essentially a brief footnote saying something alone the lines of, "worked my way through the company from janitor to mail clerk to junior executive to senior executive to CEO" - you get the gist!

Others may well have different takes but by the time I'd reached my 40s I'd worn a variety of extremely diverse career hats including owning my own business and found this was the best approach. If they're interested in the details they can ask during the interview process but it was my experience that employers were less interested in those details than in the fact that I'd adapted easily and successfully to different positions and situations. After 10 years with the last company I was employed by I opened another totally unrelated business which I successfully operated for the next 15 years and after closing that two years ago I'm now involved in even other diverse ventures! My batteries don't run quite as long as they did way back but half the fun is in the recharging through learning new things.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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I wouldn't even devote as much as "a line or two for each position" but rather just add what's essentially a brief footnote saying something alone the lines of, "worked my way through the company from janitor to mail clerk to junior executive to senior executive to CEO" - you get the gist!

Others may well have different takes but by the time I'd reached my 40s I'd worn a variety of extremely diverse career hats including owning my own business and found this was the best approach. If they're interested in the details they can ask during the interview process but it was my experience that employers were less interested in those details than in the fact that I'd adapted easily and successfully to different positions and situations. After 10 years with the last company I was employed by I opened another totally unrelated business which I successfully operated for the next 15 years and after closing that two years ago I'm now involved in even other diverse ventures! My batteries don't run quite as long as they did way back but half the fun is in the recharging through learning new things.
That was the way I really wanted to handle it, but not having dealt with resumes for so long, I didn't know if a reviewer would consider that to less than complete. But, having read your experience, that's the way I'm going to go. It'll flow better that way and the resume would look less 'congested."

Thanks.
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