I am following the MT advice and creating a career management document. My last (and current) role is a managerial position. Prior to that I was a technical engineer.

As I am interested now in the managerial and leadership career path, is it right and accepted that the top most job is sizeably larger than the others as it's the most relevant to my future career?

Also, should I include voluntary jobs? i.e. I am a school governor at the school my daughter goes to.



TomW's picture

It's pretty common for your most recent position to take up the most space. If it wasn't, it would make me think that you are not as excited or challenged by your current position as you were in previous ones (which is actually what mine does. My most recent position (that I'm leaving) is not the longest on my resume.)

If the volunteer jobs show some professional accomplishments that are not mirrored anywhere else on your resume, like making huge cost savings or implementing some new system ahead of time and below budget, then I'd say go for it.

One other bit of advice: don't play up the "managerial and leadership career path" too much. The technical engineering part of your career is still relevant. I've seen people get too excited about being a manager and forgetting that individual contributer accomplishments show that you can get results by yourself (i.e., you don't have to rely on your team to get something done. You are capable of doing it yourself) and that you have skills other than management (you have both breadth and depth of skill).

twinsen's picture

I include my non-paid stuff (I'm involved in a non-paying startup) if it applies to the job.  I'm in Operations/IT by day but in the startup I do finances, budgeting and on occasion non-IT projects.  So if the job I touch on involves a lot of financial stuff, I put it in there and explain that I was able to use a lot of things I learnt in the corporate world in the other role.  It seems to have worked out well, although I did get one person question whether I'm still at work 9-5.