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    I am updating my very out-dated resume.
    ive been in the workforce for 20 years but have had lots of jobs in that time. The last twelve years in corporate payroll and prior to that in retail at various different places (MYER, surf shop and a couple of others).
    Do I need to list everything since school? Or can I weed out the older not as relevant roles?

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    definitely leave the not so relevant jobs out of the picture

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    I would prpbably leave it to the past 5 or so years, so that its quite current, or perhaps only list the big/longest jobs.

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    From a HR perspective, having multiple jobs for small amounts of time isn't the best thing to have on your resume. So if you can fill out a 5-10 year timeline with only long term employment, then I would leave out the rest.

    Depending on what kind of role you are applying for, I would place emphasis on the experience that's relevant to the position.

    Best of luck!

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    Thank you. I do have good experience however mostly in contract roles. It should be ok if I apply for contract roles though and maybe then go into permanent from there? Also, if I'm applying for a 2-3 month contract role say, through an agency, should I include a cover letter with my resume or is that unnecessary?

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    I would also include a covering letter

    Remember that a resume is purely designed to get you an interview. at the interview you can explain that you were doing contract roles, which is why you have so many etc.

    In fact, if over the 5 yrs that you are including, you have had more than 5 or 6, and they were all in the same basic area, I would think about grouping some together as "contract roles" ...

    good luck

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    I had to redo my resume recently as I was not getting any responses for a basic work history resume. I am in admin and there are a hundred or more applying for each role. I had a copy of a friends resume which she'd had professionally done and googled a few templates, there are some really good ones out there.

    I put in a statement first which basically was a professional objective, then bullet pointed key qualities and technology skills. I then listed demonstrated abilities grouped into the areas of general administration and customer service. This took up the first two pages with appropriate spacing. Then I listed my work history with key responsibilities and a short one to two sentence blurb about the company, education and community activities in that order. My resume was four pages in total.

    I also had a basic cover letter that I guess mostly reiterated what was in my resume with a short explanation as to why I was looking to change jobs, for me I was looking to move from part time to full time. I think if you have a well written cover letter stating that you have mostly worked contract and either that is what you prefer or you are looking for a permanent role may help you.

    In the end, I put quite a bit of effort into my resume. It took a lot of tweaking on the original one, then the complete change took about two days or so in between other things. It was worth it, I have now been offered a position for one of two jobs I got an interview for. Both were about 20%+ pay increase and a step up from my old position. I sent about 30 applications off in one day and have had interest from about 4. I received about a dozen or so unsuccessful letters. I knew what I was looking for and although I wanted out from where I was quickly, I wasn't looking for an 'in between' position.


 

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