Creating a resume that avoids ageism is truly a challenge. How can you convey your depth of experience without listing your full work history? Should you omit your graduation date? While age discrimination may add a layer of complexity to the resume writing process, it isn’t impossible to master. In this blog post we will share our top resume tips for making effective resume tweaks for avoiding ageism.
Start by putting your resume on the back-burner
Lead with your network and great personality instead
Should you include your entire work history?
You should only go back 10 to 15 years in terms of your work experience. That’s all you need. Anything beyond that will look excessive and stale. It may also contribute to making you look old. Employers want to know what you can do for them TODAY based on what you have done RECENTLY. So your best bet is to keep it fresh by eliminating older information. If you have gaps in your experience due to taking time off, you will want to use this gap-filling resume strategy.
Should you omit your graduation date?
Header hacks that will help you appear more current
- First, I recommend updating your email provider so that you are not using outdated email services. This may seem like a very small thing but we’ve all been there. We get emails from folks using AOL, Earthlink, or other more obscure providers and we think of email pioneers and slow dial up internet connections. It’s a small thing, I realize, but it’s an age identifier nonetheless. You need to create the perception that you are up with the times so email addresses count. I recommend setting up a Gmail account and using that for career-related communications. Think of it as your “business” email if that helps prevent you from feeling overwhelmed by a full email migration.
- The same goes for LinkedIn.You need to have an optimized LinkedIn profile and a LinkedIn Vanity URL in your resume header. Just by having your LinkedIn vanity URL in your resume header, you will be perceived as a professional who is tech savvy. You can’t afford to not be on LinkedIn in general. By simply letting your reader know this in you header, you are sending a subtle message that will work in your favor.
What if your advanced degree is 20+ years old and/or not related to your target field?
Should you include relevant experience from 20 years ago?
Should you include relevant technical skills?
Perception is reality when it comes to your resume
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