Does 20-Years’ Experience Tell Your Audience Anything?

Does 20-Years’ Experience” Tell Your Audience Anything?

Nothing frustrates me more when I read a resume or on-line profile starting with XX-Years’ Experience. What does the statement tell your audience? Absolutely nothing! Your purpose is to impress and all you are actually doing is discussing your age.

What You Want to Tell Your Audience Is What You Have Accomplished

Your resume or profile should scream accomplishment and benefits. People really don’t or at least should not care how long you have done something; their focus should be on how well you have done things.

Grab Your Reader’s Attention

You want to grab your reader’s attention and have them begging for more information. You want your reader to be reaching for the phone to call you to learn more and “20-years’ experience” won’t do that! I’ve never heard any recruiter or hiring manager say “I’ve got to call this person because they have 20-years’ experience.” It just does not happen!

Write a Compelling Story

I go back to the worn out adage: facts tell and stories sell. You want a compelling story which differentiates you from your competition. A story which says this is the person for me!

Your story – resume or profile – should start with a summary which gets people interested in you and the benefits you have given to your employers, clients or customers. If you cannot get their interest, you will not get the job!

Can you make your profile and resume sing your praises? If not, you are in trouble!


My name is Tom Staskiewicz and my goal is to help everyone do a little better, get a little further and reach the success they are destined to achieve! Whatever I can do to help you or anyone to move forward in reaching your goals; I’m all for it.

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4 thoughts on “Does 20-Years’ Experience Tell Your Audience Anything?

    • Doris,

      Thank you for commenting.

      I have to admit I am not a fan of “professional resume writers”. I have used them in the past and it was a complete waste of money! The audience for a resume writer is the person paying the bill. Resume writers write to impress their client!

      Oh yes, resume writers can point you to their successes, but I’m sure the list of failures is much longer. It’s like a hitter in baseball. A great hitter will get a hit every 3.5 to 4 times at bat. A good hitter every 3 to 3.5 at bats. An average hitter every 2.5 to 3 times at bat. For a resume writer the averages are much lower I’m sure with maybe 1 out of 10 resumes actually getting people a job, maybe not the one they want, but a job.

      I have talked to many recruiters and hiring managers and the experienced ones can pick out a professionally written resume quickly. Sometimes something just makes it stand out. Sometimes it’s too perfect. Other times it’s too structured or patterned. Sometimes it simply doesn’t match the position or the experience or the education of the candidate is not consistent with the way the resume reads.

      Many recruiters also want to hear the voice of the candidate and it is hidden by the professional resume writer.

      However, I appreciate your comment.


  1. Factual, telegraphic “success stories” that define what I did, how I did it, and the quantifiable results are far more powerful than explaining that I have done XX for XX years.

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