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Currently, I'm starting my resume with

Throughout more than ten years within the IT I have gained a broad knowledge...

But I don't know whether that sentence makes sense to native speakers. Should I use in instead of within? Is there a better way to reword this?

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"With over ten years' experience in IT...." –  Ste Sep 17 '13 at 16:30
    
@Ste I don't want to mention the word experience, because often recruiters tend to relate this word with professional experience, and this is not the case. I got a call once from a recruiter telling me that. –  yzT Sep 17 '13 at 16:35
    
If you don't want to say 'experience' you can just say 'with over ten years in IT'. –  ColinM Sep 17 '13 at 16:48
    
Ok, I'm going to change that. –  yzT Sep 17 '13 at 16:54
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Although it's perfectly correct to begin a sentence with a clause I think more direct language is better on a resume. "I have gained a broad knowledge over more than ten years in IT." You could say acquired for gained, or wide for broad. "Within" isn't wrong but sounds a bit heavy here. Throughout isn't correct - it describes a persistent or continuous event over a period of time and clashes with the perfect tense. "I slept throughout the flight." is fine but "I have slept throughout the flight." is wrong. –  TheMathemagician Sep 17 '13 at 17:28
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I wouldn't use that kind of full, descriptive sentence in a resume.

If you're doing a CV, you can write things out.

But in a resume, especially an IT-field specific resume, I would be more direct and use something like 10+ years experience in various IT disciplines.

Resumes are intended to be high-level summaries and a narrative is out of place. But a longer form is appropriate for a CV.

Go with the shorter form if its really a resume; it might not be grammatically correct, but it is business-appropriate.

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