6 resume tips to blow away the age factor
Aging is not for wimps. I mean, face it. Every single week your body reveals new evidence of your unstoppable aging progress, or shall I say, regress? And what sucks the most is that these signs of aging are visible not only to us but to other people as well. You know you are as upbeat as you used to be a decade ago and it is hard to compete with the younger generation. Also, those who hire staff are not just headhunters, they are your-entire-body-and-soul-hunters when it comes to deciding on the right candidate. It takes courage for most of the middle-aged to search for a new job. Well, then, do we give up just because our age group no longer fits into the job description? Or course, not! The age factor is a nasty thing but we can always work around it :)
Check out our carefully selected resume tips on how to distract the hiring party from such a disadvantage as your age.
Go the untraditional way and create your own resume layout where you can put the vital facts at the very end of it. Choose a template (https://www.resume-now.com/builder/rbdesktop/edit-resume.aspx) or make up own, and in case of the latter, point it out in your skills that the design is yours, original, that is. That’s how it works – when you see a desirable position listed on those job-hunting sites, and they want you to send your resume via their system (i.e. you are forced to use their template which you can’t restructure to your benefit and your age info jumps up like a jack-out-of-the-box), go to that company’s website and send YOUR resume to their contact e-mail or hr department e-mail with a nice cover letter to help them consider your candidature. From my personal experience – it works 90% of time. So it’s worth it! Try it!
Do not mention your age at all. I mean, there is no law that you should declare your wisdom level on every corner. Save the best for last (for the interview, I mean). At first, impress your future employer with your education, skills and experience; make them forget about the “details”. I once read a resume that had such an impressive list of skills and achievements that I stared at it with a sense of awe much like the judges of the “Britain’s Got Talent” show sometimes stare at the performers, literally with their jaws dropped. Be that kind of a performer in the way you express your talents – chisel your resume details to a point of admiration without a hint of exaggeration (that will be easy to find out during the interview, and no one likes a phonie!). The easiest way to do that is to actually use the phrases from the job description if they relate to you and expand on them. If you see a phrase ‘multitasking’, that’s a general term, turn it into a detailed description of what it means to you.
Pay special attention to remove information that may date you and inadvertently lead to age discrimination. Like, your email address is better be a @gmail.com rather than any other provider since they were popular way back then, which makes one wonder why is it you stick to an old-fashioned. Avoid using any numbers in your email, too, like your birth year or your college graduation year. Numbers that go before ’84 look antique. I have a friend who uses her email in every resume that had the word ‘mama’ right from start. Guess, how many serious job offers has she had this far?
Don’t overdo it. Sometimes as we compose our resumes we tend to impress the reader with our skills by giving too much detail. For example, if the job requires only 10 years of experience and you’ve got well over 15, you swallow the bait and specify the number proudly. Hey, see? I’ve got even more years of experienced than you need! See, how experienced I am? Your bragging actually gives away just how much older you are than they expect! Do not brag. If you have to imply your outstanding length of experience put a 10+ and let them wonder how much of a plus that is.
Use modern language. That will show your connection to the young bosses’ world and they will not be intimidated by a possibility of misunderstanding between the eras. Incorporate words like ‘screening, utilizing, transcending, originating, validating, mentoring, coaching, streamlining, being dynamic, working synergistically, deep-diving, forward-thinking’, etc. You must show your boss that you are on the same page with him.
Do not put your best foot forward if that foot is history to the modern world of businessman. I know, Harvard will always be a plus, but if you are not a Harvard graduate, think twice before you show off your educational levels. Old schools may be a sacred topic for you, but mean nothing to a young man who has never heard about it. Instead, make sure you’ve got some popular and up-to-date certificates that prove your efficiency level, something that the younger world can easily relate to. Like, if I told you that I graduated from the best linguistics university in the country and gave you the name, you’d shrug and stay unmoved. But were I to tell you that I passed my IELTS with 9 points, you’d say ‘wow!’ So, list only those certificates, diplomas and awards that are relevant to your position and well recognized by the HR managers.
Please, remember that your resume is NOT your autobiography. You don’t have to include everything in it. Think practically about what can attract your employer the most in you, and your age won’t matter so much in the end.