A Weekly Q&A Column About Professionalism, Etiquette and Problems in the Workplace
by Sue Morem
Resume Dates Reveal Candidate's Age
Dear Sue: I am looking at 50 real soon. On my resume I note two
degrees: a bachelor's degree in 1989 and a master's in 1996. I'm thinking
that since the 1989 bachelor degree gives away my age, I should eliminate
it. Is it necessary to put the year of the graduation on the resume? I
feel that my age may be a deterrent to hiring me.
Sue Says: Include complete education information on your resume,
said Joe Zack, owner of Resume Express. It is difficult to mask dates, and
because your dates are fairly recent, they show attitude, drive and
initiative. When you eliminate dates, a potential employer may wonder what
you are trying to hide.
Dear Sue: We work in a government office, and lately we have
been noticing that a supervisor is stealing time. She sometimes comes in
late, as much as two hours, yet signs in at her regular time. Then she
signs out two hours later than she actually leaves. In three days she has
stolen eight hours, mostly claimed as overtime.
We are not sure who we can trust to discuss this matter with because
she has friends and relatives working here and they are also stealing
If we say something, then overtime may be stopped for everyone. But if
we don't say anything, are we condoning the stealing?
Sue Says: Yes. You need to tell someone or you could end up
Sue Morem is a professional speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. She
is author of the newly released
101 Tips for Graduates and
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