How To Age Proof Your Resume

2017-08-07 by Reese

Staying Ahead Of The Pack- How To Age Proof Your Resume

The sad part about growing old is that some employers are likely to overlook your seasoned experience in favor of younger blood and fresh ideas from the youthful crop. And it the situation becomes worse if you aren’t conversant with the current technological advancements in the corporate environment. So how do you make sure that your age doesn’t come between you and that prestigious managerial position? Here are some few ideas.

1. First of all, avoid listing your date of birth on your resume.

For starters, no one is really interested in when you were born as it doesn’t have any impact on your professional relevance. Nonetheless, most young hiring managers will not appreciate having older subordinate employees in their brood, as they tend to have the idea that older employees might look down upon their authority. Thus, it’s advisable to make sure that the issue of age remains non-committal unless they formally ask for your date of birth.

2. Avoiding listing dates in your resume, instead capitalize on the length and breadth of your experience.

If you started working in 1990, for example, instead of explicitly stating that in your resume, you can change the rules of the game by saying that you have a few decades of valuable experience. The same applies to other age-revealing factors such when you started schooling, when you graduated college, high school, etc. Just list your educational background without necessarily giving the exact dates when you were in school.

3. Concentrate only the latest aspects of your career.

Consider dropping or editing out anything that you did before the year 2000. In fact, very few employers will even be interested in a seminar you attended in the 1990s leave alone the fact that you graduated college in the 80s. On the other hand, highlight and place more interest in the career achievements that fall in the past ten or seven years. At the same time, mask your age by enrolling in one or two modern skill-sets such as Microsoft Access or Corel-Draw and listing it as one of your strongest career suits.

Here are other helpful tips:

  1. If you’re above 45 years, don’t let your style of presentation date you, e.g., using a typewriter instead of Microsoft Word to write your resume.
  2. Be brief and summarize all of your achievements without going into the details.
  3. Update the names of the institutions you went through, e.g., if a college changed its name long after you graduated, consider listing the newer name.
  4. Accentuate of the positivity of your years of experience such that it comes out as an advantageous quality.
  5. Avoid cliches such as ‘seasoned professional’ and instead concentrate on expanding on your achievements.


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