Originally Posted by broadway
I do tell the truth, but I often get the "whatever" look = disbelief that it is the truth look.
I also cut off my resume at 1 page just listing employers for the past 10 years.
But clearly my history goes way beyond 10 years which also surprises them when they see me in person.
The long resume is something that many tell you to trim. However it's bad advice, and here's why. In 2005 I landed an 8-year gig based on one acronym from a temp job in the 80's. Thirty years later I landed a high paying contract due to another acronym from same 80's time period. In current job I work with people who moved through the same company I started with in first job. During the interview that was an area of focus.
What I do is maintain an up to date CV, and tailor that to the need. LinkedIn gets one version that is very short and to the point. Monster and dice get the long version. Any new applications I feed in the entire CV. You do not know what keywords they look for, so it is better to include as many as possible. In you cover letter you can be specific and brief. Highlight why your experience is important to them.