“While the standard rule of thumb is to include roughly your last 10 years of work experience, this may not always make sense.
It’s critical that you consider how relevant and important older pieces of work experience are to the jobs that you are currently looking for.
How far back should my work history go?
How Far back should you go? Generally, it is reasonable to go back 10 – 15 years in your work history. If you have a longer work history than that, you can divide your work history into two sections, “recent” and “relevant”, or include a separate paragraph that summarizes all relevant prior experience.
How many years of employment history must appear on an application?
When You Need to Provide Your Career History
The job application may ask for information on your most recent jobs, typically two to five positions. Or, the employer may ask for a number of years of experience, typically five to ten years of experience.
Do you have to list all your jobs on an application?
On an employment application, do I have to list a previous job if I don’t want to? First Answer: You are putting your integrity at risk by not revealing a job, which will color a prospective employer’s view of your overall character. On such an application, it’s better to reveal the job, even if it’s short term.
How can I find out my work history?
There are several different ways to find your work history information, including: Accessing past tax records, W2 or 1099 forms, or paystubs. Submitting a Request for Social Security Earnings Information Form (requires fee) with the Social Security Administration.