Is Your Resume Aging You?
by Linda Matias
may be inadvertently aging yourself on your resume by doing minor things
that look innocent enough but may cost you interviews. The good news,
however, is there are easy fixes you can implement to improve your chances
of landing a job interview. Below is advice for you to follow.
Younger jobseekers usually have a Gmail account as opposed to AOL or
Hotmail. So if you have either an AOL or a Hotmail email, scrap them. If you
don’t want to give those accounts up then signup for Gmail specifically for
your job search.
Limit the phone numbers you include on your resume to your cell and home
number. If possible, only include your cell since most younger jobseekers
only have a cell phone, and therefore, only include one number on their
resume. Never, ever include your fax number. It’s just not done anymore and
it serves as a signal that you are part of an older generation. On a side
note, never include a work number since doing so demonstrates lack of
respect for your existing employer. Interviewers understand you are using
company time to search for a job. It’s an open secret, but that doesn’t mean
you should use company resources to find another position. You’ll turn off
interviewers and lose out on opportunities.
Resume objectives are passé and usually older jobseekers include it
because they haven’t kept up-to-date on resume writing trends and are
relying on information from their youth. So scrap the ineffective, “Seeking
a job where I can utilize my skills” and transform the beginning of your
resume with a strong introduction such as, “Strong, diverse background in
accounting, bookkeeping, and auditing within various environments, including
corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations.”
As proud as you may be with your career trajectory, avoid starting off a
resume with “Seasoned professional with over 30 years’ experience.” Some of
the HR representatives reading your resume may not be thirty years old
themselves and the mention of three decades worth of experience will stand
out to them, and not in a good way. Instead, write something more neutral:
“Success in generating significant cost reductions, implementing processes
to improve accounting functions, and introducing technology solutions to
strengthen financial information management.” Not only is this statement
neutral, it says more about you and your background than touting the amount
of years you’ve been a professional. Using this method you kill two birds
with one stone: (1) you don’t inadvertently reveal your age and (2) you
provide interviewers with information he or she can sink their teeth into.
Focus your professional experience on the last ten to fifteen years. If you
must include experience from the 1970s then should do so creatively by
developing a section called “Value-added Experience” and reveal the details
under that category without attributing dates.
Above all, accomplishments trump all else (most of the time). So make
sure your resume is filled with compelling copy that outlines your
achievements because those will be difficult for a hiring manager to
overlook, regardless of your age.
Linda Matias is a Nationally Certified Resume Writer who
heads CareerStrides.com. You can reach her at
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