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If you’re in your late 30s or 40s and have trouble getting interview calls, which makes you assume it is certainly your age that’s the problem. The answer perhaps is the problem lies in your resume and not with your age.
While age can be a factor worth consideration in certain job profiles, but in most the resume takes a backseat and employers do not feel enticed looking at the candidate’s profile to shortlist the veterans for an interview.
Here are some tips for those above 30s and in their late 40s to consider evaluating their resumes, before they start clicking ‘apply’ again.
- Limit the length of your resume to two pages or less
By the time you are in your late 30s and 40s you have lots of work experience to talk about and enlist in detail. However, no matter how valuable the experience is, you must try to keep the content concise and brief, and edit extra text when unnecessary to limit the length of your resume to two pages. The only exceptions to this rule are for published authors (especially in academia and C-level executives).
A resume that’s too long indirectly communicates to the employer, about your inability to tailor resume to highlight skills that are a prerequisite for a particular job. Or it also means to say that “I am in my 40s or 50s, you can very well notice it in my list of job experiences.” Age discrimination is however a nasty reality in workplaces today, so do not load your resume to equip employers with guns to shoot you off the candidate list.
Since you’re experienced you can pick the most suited job experience to be highlighted and presented in your resume as a marketing document. You will be filled with appreciation and attention-getting complements everywhere you apply, once you tailor this document to meet the specific job requirements.
- Do not Mention Every Job You Worked on in your Resume
Only include the relevant 10 years in your resume and if you possess more than 20 years of experience, your earlier jobs have probably nothing much to do, than what you are doing right now.
- Leave the graduation dates off your education
You can only indicate the school and degree in your resume, not the dates or year you have attended the school. If you have any additional qualifications, certifications or training particular to the job role, please mention them however do not add dates that hint at your age. The dates are not as important in comparison to the learning and experiences you have.
- Do not mention references until asked for
Always provide references on request and including references is a flashing sign for employers that you are of a certain age. Employers expect that you have a certain list of references for them, in case they need it.
- Quantify on your accomplishments
Doesn’t matter your age, always learn to quantify your accomplishments using numbers, percentage, dollars etc. Think about all that you have accomplished in the years of your service in numbers and each job you’ve held. How you helped companies make money or save money? How you helped save time and cost-efficiency in numbers? These numbers instantly attract the attention of employers.
- Use Bulleted Points and Not Paragraphs
Always enlist your key traits, qualities and job summary in bullet points rather than lengthy paragraphs. Bullets points help describe in short about the different job roles you held and it is also easy for the hiring managers to read and absorb the information bit.
- Make your resume ageless
Age is just a number as the old adage goes, and you can go every extra bit to defy it in your resume. If you are a job seeker over 40 and think that your age will make you lose the most coveted position, then be sure that your resume does not give away your age. Avoid language that signals you have lower self-esteem because of your age. Downplay titles, and sell rather than tell about your experience.
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