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Chapter 6. Elements of an Effective Résu... > Chronological Work History/Positions...

Chronological Work History/Positions Held

Hiring authorities want to know where you worked and what you did there. This is usually the meat of the résumé. Traditionally, a professional résumé also included how long you worked at each organization, but this is something you may want to reconsider today.

Should you include dates of employment on your résumé? The issue is that dates give the reader a clue as to your age. Even though any organization will tell you it does not discriminate on the basis of age, some do, even subconsciously. A solution is to include the dates of employment for the position you currently hold and not for the others. However, if age–whether you’ll be perceived as too old or too young–is not an issue for you, feel free to detail the dates of employment for each job.


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