8 Ways To Age Proof Your Resume

8 Ways to Age Proof Your Resume:

Preparing a resume that emphasizes your value is a good first step to preparing for your job search. Here are eight ways to age-proof your resume:

1. Don’t provide your complete work history: This is the number one mistake job seekers make. If it’s before 1990, employers probably don’t care. Hiring managers are most interested in what you did recently, so concentrate on your recent career. If you feel compelled to delve into earlier experiences, create a section called “Early Career” and provide just the highlights and no dates.

2. Watch your language: Avoid age-revealing statements such as “35 years of experience” or age-defining clichés such as “seasoned professional.”

3. Stick to a “combination” resume style, leading with a strong “Career Summary” section: You may have been advised to mask your years of experience with a functional resume format. But employers do not like to see functional resumes because they are often used by candidates who are trying to hide something. You don’t want employers reading your resume and searching for a possible problem. Unless your work history is extremely spotty or you are completely changing careers, stick to a chronological format.

4. Show that you’re current with technology and industry trends: Are you proficient with Wang or an expert at BASIC programming? While these programs were once cutting-edge, they have been replaced with new technology. Show that you’ve kept up with the times by removing antiquated equipment, programs, and tools, and highlight your knowledge of modern technology.

5. Consider dropping dates of education: This is a tough call, because hiring managers who want to know a person’s age will go right to the “Education” section and do the math. If your education occurred in the 1970s or earlier, it might be in your best interest to eliminate graduation dates.

6. Keep your school names updated: If you graduated from a school that has since changed its name, include the new name. If you are concerned about discrepancies in case an employer asks to see a transcript, write the former name of the school in parentheses.

7. Show that you’ve been continually learning or taking on new roles: The key is to demonstrate that your skills are fresh and in demand. It is important that you show that you are flexible and willing to adapt to organizational changes.

8. Quantify and expand on your achievements: As a professional with a long work history, this is your chance to accentuate the positive. You have what younger workers may lack — years of practical experience. Provide examples of how your performance contributed to your employers’ goals, mission, and bottom-line results.

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    1. Anonymous

      Although it is the recruiter's fault for assuming age based upon resume dates, how do you handle their disappointment (and possibly indignation) when they realize that you're older that they expected?

    2. Anonymous

      It's true employers are most interested in the last 10 years of work history. And while earlier experiences can be summarized, leaving out dates of employment, graduation, etc. is rarely a good idea. First, this information is easily obtained. Second, let's suppose we successfully obtain an interview. What do you think might happen when you show up for the appointment and the employer

    3. Anonymous

      I have changed my resume for the past 12 years as suggested by many agencies. I have been in and out of temp jobs for many valid reasons. I just don't understand why I have to hide my age. I feel that by not showing dates it looks like I am hiding something. I think that the corporations can figure it out that if my dates aren't on my ressume that I am older and trying to hide that fact.

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    5. Younger people get discrimination, too. When I was recruiting I read somewhere that the only people not vulnerable to age discrimination are those between 35 and 40. That&#39;s a tiny window! I did notice that after hitting a certain age, I got taken MUCH more seriously.

    6. Anonymous

      While age discrimination borders on criminal, and it is a very difficult issue for us &quot;mature&quot; professionals to deal with, there is an upside. Organizations that exhibit a negative attitude towards older employees are exceptionally misguided. Having worked for companies willing to hire the 50+ candidate, I can assure you that their managers are ahead of the curve. They have a real

    7. Anonymous

      A poster wrote, &quot;Age discrimination borders on the criminal.&quot; I wish to clarify something: age discrimination IS criminal. If more people who believe they were discriminated on the basis of age file formal complaints with the government against the entity that allegedly discriminated against them, perhaps something would be done about this egregious practice. It boggles the mind how

    8. Disguising your age is like hiding your intelligence. You are who you are so put it out there in any job application you make.<br /><br />Hiding your age may get your foot in the door, but once in your busted as a person embarrassed enough about your age that you hide it. <br /><br />If an employer discriminates against the older professional–I want to flush that fact out now rather play games

    9. I just changed my resume yesterday to say &quot;As an IT Professional with many years of experience…&quot; instead of &quot;As a seasoned professional with 25 years of experience…&quot;. We&#39;ll see if it makes any difference.

    10. Anonymous

      I agree with Valentino&#39;s viewpoints, he is spot on. Experienced and skilled people should not have to dance around this age related dilemma. Be forthright about your age, the dates of your schooling and experience. If you don&#39;t get the interview because certain companies choose to discriminate, then so be it. You will know this to the case early in the process and you save yourself

    11. Anonymous

      I have used these &quot;age-proofing&quot; techniques and yes…it&#39;s embarrassing to both parties when you do secure an interview and you can almost see the initial shock on the interviewer&#39;s face. When I had my first experience of this type I stopped hiding my possible age and was lucky to get a job at a company that embraces diversity and I am very happy with the job and the people. It

    12. I would exclude jobs before 1995-96, if at all possible. Especially if your accomplishments are plentiful. I like using energetic power verbs wherever possible like &quot;tackle&quot; and &quot;boost.&quot; <br /><br />This is great advice. Good stuff.

    13. I have had setbacks since 1990 that punched gaping holes in my resume and will always make it look very bad. There is no way to hide.I just do the best I can with the resume,practice positive answers for the interview as much as possible and understand that alternative ways of making a living is my best bet. One recruiter panel member told me I just had to pray.

    14. But it is absolutely imperative that you read the job description and try to get a feel for where the job sits in the organisational pecking-order. It IS possible to over-state your experience and qualifications and terrify the recruiters ?????????<br /><br />Aged 21-and-a-bit, my No 1 Son completed university brilliantly, with a Starred First in Geology and a whole host of departmental prizes

    15. Ralph Steeber

      It has always been my opinion that &quot;people hire people&quot;. In today market a JobSeeker has to look at their resume as a Sales Presentation – presenting themselves in the best light – pertinent experience and educational overview of what you have done that applies to what job you are applying for. The past 10-12 years is all most employers care about. Creating the right resume for you is

    16. Chris

      I never have felt that age is barrier. The important thing is showing your dynamic, being able to adapt to change. In a world where technology changes constantly and the job market is very competitive, age should really not be a concern. I am 47 and have never had an issue with seeking work. It&#39;s about how you present yourself. Use social media, friends or whatever means it takes. Employers

    17. Some interesting tips, such as not including dates for the early part of one&#39;s career. I had to fill in an application form recently where they asked for year of graduation. I guessed that was the secret question for working out one&#39;s age. Luckily they forgot to ask for date of birth (are they not allowed to?), so they&#39;re not to know that I was in my 30s when I graduated, as I did

    18. Suggestions for hiding your age on a resume are exactly the wrong way to go. <br /><br />Suggestions to expound on your qualifications, as they relate to the job in question, are the right way to go if you want to make a positive impression.<br /><br />Teasing a recruiter or hiring manager with a deceptive resume will only add insult to injury when you are discovered to be too old for their taste

    19. Gail Tolstoi-Miller

      Age and experience are rich and abundant resources for the workforce. I hope the following information will help some of the readers here to recognize their value: <a href="http://www.consultnetworx.com&quot; rel="nofollow">/6-reasons-why-older-out-of-work-workers-are-good-for-your-business/</a><br />

    20. Anonymous

      Due to the Age Discrimination implemented by the Advertising industry Ad Agencies have decided to implement a scheme to put workers of 50 years of age and above on early retirement, thus creating jobs and reducing unemployment. <br /><br />This scheme will be known as RAPE (Retire Aged People Early). <br /><br />Persons selected to be RAPED can apply to AD Agencies to be considered for the SHAFT

    21. Ultimate

      When the economy took a dive in 2008, recruiters and employers began looking for the newly graduate of local universities and colleges that would accept 1/3 the pay to fill positions. History repeated itself and this move crashed and burned when the educated but inexperienced, basement dwelling, pant dragging occupy movement took the ropes and didn&#39;t know what to do with them. Many

    22. It&#39;s especially important to focus on quantified accomplishments beginning with the opening summary (include two of the most recent/relevant), followed by a Career Accomplishments section prior to Professional Experience. Older workers especially need to wow the hiring manager or recruiter before they get to the work history. Results in previous jobs are one of the few ways to overcome age

    23. Anonymous

      Expose every company you interview with (either via phone or in person) and then discover age discrimination by posting your experience on Glassdoor.com. Then their actions are out there for &quot;ALL&quot; to see and evaluate. Bring this practice out of the shadows and into the spot light. Companies hate bad PR. This website annoys them all.

    24. If you think you are smart, recruiters are a wee bit smarter. They are well-versed with the tricks of the trade. The only way to outsmart them is to do it subtly:<br />Specifying date of birth or age is not compulsory by law. So, keep away from spelling it out for all to see.

    25. Age discrimination is a fact and some companies follow it too. But in my opinion your qualification, experience and achievements should speak volumes and the interviewer wouldn’t get a chance to reject you just because you are too mature for the job.

    26. Anonymous

      Aged people can be wiser and smarter than the recruiters themselves or others in the company. As the aforementioned story of the young geologist with medals, fools don&#39;t seem to like others smarter than them, instead of being positive and looking at someone older and wiser as an asset for the company and all in it to learn from. However, gone are the days where age or wisdom are respected;

    27. Anonymous

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