I’ve been out of the workforce for the past several years. How should I choose which experience(s) to include? Is there a timeframe that deems some work experience or jobs “outdated” or “irrelevant” because they were so long ago?

When reviewing resumes, we review the entire applicant’s experience, which also includes an analysis of all valuable experience (i.e., experience gained in religious, civic, welfare, service and organizational activities, regardless of whether pay was received). It is ultimately your decision what to include and what to exclude from your resume. However, not including certain work experiences may raise questions and a selecting official may wonder why you left off periods of employment. Whatever decision you make, ensure that you thoroughly address the qualifications of the announcement. Please note that during your background investigation, you will be required to provide a full and detailed description of all your work experiences. If we discover that you intentionally omitted work experience in your resume to avoid a negative reference check during the selection process, this may be grounds for removing you after you begin employment.

Last Reviewed February 29, 2024