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Question re: CV

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TakeMeDrunkImHome Fri 10-Jun-11 09:24:08


Can anyone advise; applying for a job today, last job was working for my Ex in his business so I didn't go through the submitting a CV/interview stage. My question is - how far back do you go with job history on a CV? It has been a while since I have put one together and i'm not sure how far back I need to go! I can't imagine they will be interested in jobs I had in 1998/1999 (when i left college) so where do you start? Thanks for any advice.

Slambang Fri 10-Jun-11 09:28:26

Go back as far as you need to to show the relevant skills for the job you're aiming at. ie if you are applying to be a squirrel tamer and you last tamed a squirrel 15 years ago - go back that far. If you have been taming squirrels every year for the last ten years using the same skills and with no additional responsibilities then just go back about 5 to 10 years, pulling out the relevant skills for the job you want.

TakeMeDrunkImHome Fri 10-Jun-11 09:33:07

Ah you have seen the squirrel taming job advertised have you grin

Thanks for advice.

MovingAndScared Fri 10-Jun-11 09:42:17

I do think though you should avoid having unexplained gaps on your CV- so if you have a lot of different jobs at that time - which are not relevant but perhaps similar you could bunch them up a bit - eg 1998-1999 varoius junior gardening roles - if they are not relevant but wouldn't clutter your CV up too much I would be inclinded just to put the role, the organisation and the dates

TakeMeDrunkImHome Fri 10-Jun-11 09:44:23

Good point Moving - I have a period of going through 3 jobs in 2 years shock blush which I think I will lump together as "temping". Naughty but I'm not going into all the reasons for that particular couple of years with a new employer and it isn't like I was dismissed or anything hmm

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