Saturday, February 23, 2013, AM | 2 Comments
Let’s face it. Everyone knows that employers are interested in what projects you have worked on and what you have achieved during the last ten years or so – definitely no more than 15 years. There is a definite sense of old-age bias in the air when it comes down to getting a job as an older employee.
Some companies do look at your experience and your work ethics, but a majority would look at your age if it is openly apparent from your resume.
Let’s say you received your undergraduate (Bachelor) degree at the average age of 25 or less. Add 15 years of your experience. That makes you 40 years old.
Give it a few more years and as long as you are younger and a lot younger than 50, you have a good shot of being considered for a position.
HR is the biggest firewall on the face of the globe
So what do you do before the biggest firewall in the world called Human Resources (HR) will even look at your resume? You dye your hair, remove that gray.
But HR can’t see the physical you on your resume. Forget that for now. So physics is out, chemistry is in. However, both properties are in if you make the biggest mistake of your career and post your picture along with your resume. In that case, you have to do something about that gray hair, perhaps some BOTOX will do the trick as well.
I have gray hair, probably the grayest of them all. But I don’t believe in that shit, of changing my appearance. But one day I’ll covert from gray to dark.
I have suffered a lot because of that with no job but for me it is a matter of principle. That’s the way things are for me. Sooner or later, I gotta do something about that. I can’t have my “stupid” principles for the rest of my life.
Stop digging graves by removing gray from your resume
Now back to the chemistry part of your resume. If you are over 40 or maybe perhaps 50, shave off those extra years from your resume. At the most. the last 15 years should be enough to pass through that HR firewall.
Imagine you are over 50 and are sitting behind that firewall in the HR department. Would you hire someone who looks older than you? No way in heaven or hell, you would do that.
Everybody has that prejudice and is biased against something. So why not be against older folks in the employment arena? Whether you have noticed or not, that has become the NORM of the day.
Have your professional life completely represented by your first paragraph
I was reading an article this morning. Some or perhaps most HR personnel have Smartphones and other such gadgets and they look at your resume on that stupid device.
Your bad luck, wouldn’t you say? They can only look at the top one-third of your resume.
Probably just the first paragraph. So be kind to the HR and make it easier for them – the 20-something that can’t live without their shit gadgets – and prepare your resume such that the first paragraph tells most if not all of what you can do for the company.
Therefore, tell them what you can do for the betterment of the company. Obviously you have to back up your such statement with the 10 or 15 years of your experience and what you have achieved.
If you can convince the hiring manager that you still can do for the company as you had for others as described on your resume less your gray hair, you have a better chance of being called for a face-to-face or at least a phone interview.
In a Nutshell
Remove the gray from your resume. May your old experience – older than 15 years – rest in peace. Stop digging it. Consider it a SIN to dig the RIP. The same thing for your education.
Remove the dates. Who cares when and where you graduated. The important thing is what you – with your less gray hair – can do for the company. However, you must be able to back up your statement.Facebook.com/doable.finance