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QUESTION: I’ve been using technology for many years. Should I list the older (outdated) programs on my resume or just those currently being used universally?

Kate Williamson, Scientech Resumes

Old technologies don’t do anyone any favors when no longer used. Stick to current, universally used technologies and emphasize the ones listed in the job posting on your resume. In a competitive market, employers invest in people who demonstrate a desire for continuous learning to keep their skills fresh versus those with outdated skills and a steeper learning curve.

Kiersten Troutman, Second Glance Résumés

I advise clients to keep their technology relevant. Just as the resume is a fluid document, the technology section should be progressive as well. Showcasing outdated technology might date you, and since it may not be widely used anyway, it would not be of help to you. Be choosy! Read through job descriptions to decipher what tech experience most are looking for in a candidate. Tailor accordingly.

Mary Jo King, Alliance Résumé & Writing Service

Take your content cues from target job posts. Some legacy technologies are still relevant today, but they aren’t necessary on your resume unless you see them in job post content. Be sure to include current technologies within your position descriptions, where ATS systems will count the years of experience you have with them. You can add older technologies in abundance to your LinkedIn profile.

Tessa Barlow, DFW Resume

No, it would be best if you did not list outdated programs. You should only include the hardware, software, application languages, and operating systems you have experience with and are relevant to today’s world. For example, if you were an expert in the Digital DEC 10 operating system in 1980, this would have no value on your current resume since this operating system is now obsolete.

Norine Dagliano, ekm Inspirations

When deciding what to include and exclude from your resume, ask yourself these questions; 1) Is it relevant? 2) Is it current? 3) Does it add value? If the answer is yes to two or more of those questions, then include it. I suspect that an outdated software application or program probably does not add value and is no longer relevant (you already know it isn’t current).

Laura Smith-Proulx, An Expert Resume

Listing older technologies on your resume can make you appear behind the times. Pick a short interval (such as 5 years back) as your cutoff date for showing applications you’ve used or developed. This can also show how you’ve transitioned to emerging technologies or updated company practices to reflect the new solutions – and illustrate your role in digital transformation.

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