How much job history should I include on my resume?

I am changing job fields and haven't worked in almost five years. Before that I held 3 jobs. I know that a resume should only be 1 page, so how much job history should I put all three jobs-all the way back to 1999?

Or just the most recent with my experience pertaining to the job that I am applying for? Thanks ladies.

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:23 PM on Feb. 2, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • In college we learned that you should only put the jobs that pertain to the one you are applying for and of course your most recent job. you have to be careful not to look like a job hopper you know.
    HayleyGM

    Answer by HayleyGM at 2:25 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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  • Well, my other jobs have all been restaurant jobs. Then I went to college. I will be a nurse. But my restaurant work doesn't pertain to nursing-so I was wondering if I should include all the restaurants-there are 3 of them-all shut down now.

    I don't want to look like I never held a job, I just wanted more space on it to include my clinical rotations. Thanks!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:27 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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  • I agree that you should list jobs that are applicable to where you are applying. Do you have any volunteering or club positions that might take up some of the timeline of parenthood?
    Trinjo

    Answer by Trinjo at 2:27 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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  • I think that I will just include the last one since I did work there for a long time.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:28 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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  • Nope, sorry to say I don't have any volunteering, I tried. But never had the time.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:28 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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  • I wanted to keep the last restaurant job bc I started as just a cook and left as a trainer with significant responsibility. I thought that that may show my work ethic?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:30 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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  • Here are a couple sties that had tips. Highlight the skills you learned in the restaurant industry that pertain to your new desired job. Team work, Leader/Trainer, Creative, Resourceful, Prompt, Attentive, Independent. Answer the questions like, how were you an asset to your employer, what can you bring to the next company?

    http://www.free-resume-tips.com/10tips.html
    http://www.dailywritingtips.com/resume-writing-tips/
    Trinjo

    Answer by Trinjo at 2:32 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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  • keep the restaurant job for sure and show your advancement and then you will have to use your clinical rotations like you said and they will hopefully understand that while in school you did what you had to do, you knowl its the hardest part of applying for the first time! you need experience to get a job they say but when you are fresh out of school i don't know how they expect people to have all this experience...they just finished learning, you know.
    HayleyGM

    Answer by HayleyGM at 2:34 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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  • Thanks ladies, you've been a lot of help!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:37 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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  • It sounds like you really need a resume that plays up your education, not your work experience.
    I found this great example, hope it helps! http://www.resume-help.org/registered_nurse_resume_example.htm
    Magpie75

    Answer by Magpie75 at 3:02 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

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