Résumés are no longer simple work histories; instead, they’re marketing tools.
To ensure that your work experience matches the requirements of a given role, one recruiter says to edit as necessary.
“Your résumé is a marketing document, not a legal one,” Forbes contributor Liz Ryan says. “You don’t have to list every job you’ve ever held. You can include the jobs you want to include on your résumé, and leave other jobs out of the picture.”
If one of your recent positions doesn’t relate to a job you’ve been eyeing, Ryan advises leaving it off your résumé entirely—and not to worry about it.
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Maybe you were working on a business idea that didn’t pan out, or maybe you made a bunch of money in your last job and had the means to step off the conveyor belt for a while. You don’t have to apologize for a gap in your resume. The world is changing, and thoughtful hiring managers don’t obsess the way they used to about a working person taking time away from the rat race.