The sample resume here does indeed spell out a 20 year career on one page. My resume has traditionally been two pages long and I'm currently working on making it more concise - paring it down to the coveted single page.
I have been with my current employer for nearly four years, during which time, I've had four positions:
[list][*]Peon[*]Senior Peon[*]Lead Peon[*]Peon in a slightly different (but coveted & esteemed) area[/list:u]It seems like a waste of space trying to individually define the VERY subtle differences between the four positions.
That said, I've also got a (relatively) bad track record. Here's what we're looking at (along with reasons for leaving, which aren't on the resume) and relevance to my chosen/desired field:
[list][*][b]4 yrs [/b](looking now) - related but not hands-on[*][b]1 yr, 4 mos[/b] (HQ relo) - perfect/best job in field ever[*][b]1 yr, 2 mos [/b](got better job) - "consulting"/barely related[*][b]8 mos [/b](out of business) - the job itself[*][b]1 yr [/b](got settled in new area) - "consulting"/barely related[*][b]2 yrs [/b](moved to new state) - only partly related[*][b]3 yrs [/b](self-employed) - not related at all[*][b]1 yr, 5 mos [/b](become an entreprenuer) - impressive & higher job than seeking now[*][b]3 yrs [/b](hostile work environment) - direct to sought job[/list:u]I suppose I could leave the last three off since they're beyond the 10 yr window but they relate to my chosen field whereas three others in between do not.
While I know I would not be a "flight risk" to a new employer given that I'm more self-aware, disciplined and corporate/politics savvy than I was in my younger days, I can certainly understand how prospective employers would get squeamish just looking at these timeframes. That's 9 in 17 yrs and even at that, I did consolidate some of my jobs. (Two bullet points are listed as "Consultant" when I was really being a huge flake and working temp jobs or just accepting jobs I ended up hating. All told, I've probably had more jobs than I have years in the workforce.)
Using the MT guidelines (one entry for each job, even w/in the same org and a complete history), my 9 employers would become 12 "jobs" for a 16 yr period which, honestly, screams FLAKE (doesn't it?!)
This leaves me with: wouldn't I be better with a functional resume which showcases my accomplishments rather than highlighting the spotty record?
Also ... I haven't completed college. My current (two-pager) lists "currently enrolled at ___, anticipating graduation ___" along with my certifications. In the MT format, there's no room for both. Is it acceptable to include my (completed) certifications instead of my (incomplete) education?
Btw, I'm preparing for my third & final interview with a prospective employer on Thursday. It's too late to change my resume for these folks but I will certainly practice my close - thanks to MT!