Get Off My Lawn

Adventures of a Curmudgeon

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After 14 years in software development I’m finally going to change my resume from a traditional, chronological one to a functional one. It should be an exciting exercise. Plus I’m going to try to condense the information down to one page (just add water). Suggestions welcomed!

Over the years I’ve had several people review my resume and I’ve read a number of ‘authoritative’ books on generating resumes. You see, my resume has grown to nearly 5 pages. Each assignment I had when I was a contractor has its own ‘entry’ on my resume. Nearly half my career is filled with contractor assignments.

Plus what’s the 10-year rule? I heard that you shouldn’t list gigs older then 10 years. Is that 10 years from the start date or the end date? I still list my first job though it began 14 years ago because it ended 10 years ago; I guess I can take it off regardless.

But for a functional resume can’t, I list all my skills irrespective of when I picked them up? So that leads me to the next question: Which skills get dropped off? The ones I haven’t used in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years? Or is the functional resume tailored more for the target opportunity?

Looks like I’ll be spending some time with Google and Word.