Thursday, August 13, 2009, AM | 1 Comment
According to research from the University of Kent, from age 55, people worldwide are nearly twice as likely to have experienced age barriers than any other discrimination.
If you have a number of years of experience that fingers on your hands and feet are not enough to count them – to put it bluntly, you are over 55 – then you should write your resume accordingly and there are ways to do that.
- Firstly, leave off the dates. Don’t include any kind of date, or, if you can avoid it, dates of employment. If you remember when you graduated, forget it.
- Secondly, Consider using a combination of chronological and functional resume. This resume is organized around your functional skills. You can list a very brief work history at the bottom of your resume, but only after you have emphasized the relevant skills. This will, by default, de-emphasize dates.
- Thirdly, list only the last 10-15 years of work experience. Nobody is interested in what you did more than 15 years ago. The younger – a lot younger – hiring managers don’t give a damn what you did back then.
- Fourthly, keep your skills current. Show the potential recruiter that you are constantly learning, and that you can do your part to dispel the old adage that you cannot teach old dogs new tricks.
In a Nutshell
Instead of citing more than 15 years of experience,
- identify your benefits to the employer and put them into monetary terms how you saved or made dollars at your previous jobs.
- Back up your accomplishments with facts that are benefit-based.
- Sell them from the perspective of the result of your work and how it served your employers.
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