In theory, workers are like bottles of wine: They get better with age. After all, the longer you’ve done a job, the more experience you have, and that should make you more valuable to potential employers. But this isn’t always the case. Older workers may command higher salaries, which sometimes makes them less attractive than their younger counterparts, and what’s more, some employers might peg industry vets as out of touch or behind in the times. Age discrimination is illegal, but as Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh of Payscale.com writes, it’s not unheard of. Luckily, she’s shared “7 Resume Tips for Older Jobseekers.” Read on to get her advice.
1. Keep It Current — If you’ve been working for a long time, there’s a good chance your resume goes onto a second page. Don’t let this happen, Ganeshan-Singh warns. Focus on your experience from the last 15 or 20 years and cut all of the irrelevant stuff from way back in the day.
2. Don’t Reveal Your Graduation Year — Unless you’re a recent graduate looking to explain your lack of experience, don’t tell an employer what year you graduated high school or college. This makes it easy for them to guess your age, and if they’re the type to discriminate on such grounds — which is illegal but not uncommon — you’re out of luck.
3. Use Current Titles — Over time, job titles and descriptions evolve. Be sure to use the latest industry terminology.
4. Make It Custom — As Ganeshan-Singh writes, this is a good tip for all jobseekers. You should tailor your resume for the job you’re seeking and stuff it with the kinds of keywords hiring managers want to see.
5. Link Yourself In — In this day and age, potential employers will begin by Googling you. Make sure they find your LinkedIn page right off the bat, and build a strong profile complete with an up-to-date resume.
6. Make the Contact Info Relevant — These days, no one lists their home phone number or address on the top of a resume. Include your email address and perhaps even a personal domain showcasing your work.
7. Give It a Redesign — There’s really no excuse to have an outdated-looking resume. There are free templates available online, and giving your CV a modern facelift only takes a little effort. It’ll pay off.