Age doesn’t always feel like an advantage when you’re seeking a new job. You may be concerned about unfair attitudes towards your experience or views on whether your skills are aligned with today’s working practices and technology.
To overcome any false perceptions, why not ‘age proof’ your resume to ensure your skills and experiences are reflected upon in the most favorable light?
These resume writing tips will help you to showcase your potential in all the right ways and help ward off the threat of age discrimination:
Restrict your experience – Try limiting the experience you state on your resume, which is relevant for the role you’re applying for. Focus on the past 10-15 years, whilst only listing older roles or eliminating them completely if they were junior positions.
Leave out dates – There is no reason to include high school or college graduation dates and the same applies for training or courses. If you have a degree, there’s no need to mention high school.
You don’t have to include years – Although it is an advantage to state that you are experienced in a certain field, there’s no need to state the number of years, e.g. ‘I have 20 years of experience in business management’. This only highlights your age, which is an irrelevant factor.
Target your resume – Write a targeted resume that highlights experience that is specifically relevant to the type of roles you’re interested in.
Consider a functional or combination resume – Rather than using a chronological resume, a functional or combination resume will focus on skills rather than dates.
Highlight relevant skills – Remember topromote the fact that you’re proficient and knowledgeable in regards to current technology.
Presentation counts –Ensure your resume is well-presented in terms of a modern format and layout, which will work well when you’re emailing your resume to prospective employers.
Embrace social media – Using social media platforms such as LinkedIn is not only great for job searching, it also demonstrates your willingness to move with the times.
The right job can’t be far away if you take these resume writing tips on board.
Written by Pardeep.