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Reaume Writing For The Older Job Seeker

Postby ftello » Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:06 am

With the shape the economy is in today we are seeing many older people hunting for jobs. It is no longer common for people nearing or at retirement age to retire. For many of our senior citizens it is a must to keep working past retirement. It is however commonplace to see many people nearing retirement age looking for second careers. But competing with the younger generation for jobs can be very difficult.

It would be great if employers would not eliminate candidates for interviews based solely on their age. But lets face it; we live in a world where youthfulness usually wins over experience. In any case it would be wise to remove any reference to age from your resume, this gives you a better chance to get the interview. If you are caught in this circumstance it would be wise to create a resume that promotes your your skills and values, but does not emphasize your age.

As an older job seeker it is paramount that you choose the correct resume format. Though it is true that the functional resume format is probably the best to use; it would not be in this case because of the fact that it puts the emphasis on skills over work experience and this can make the employer feel as though you are trying to hide something. It would be a better choice to to use a combination format. This format uses aspects of both chronological and functional resumes.

A good thing to remember is that most employers are only interested with your most recent work history. So there is no reason to mention in your resume that you have been working for the last 30 years. You want to use the resume to show your knowledge of the current techniques and technology in your field. Stay away from references to outdated tools and equipment.

For the most part you bring a lot of experience to the table. This is the opportunity to provide real life experiences and demonstrate how you have contributed to companies that you have worked for. You can also demonstrate in your resume your desire to learn new professional techniques by highlighting any new skills that you have learned in the last few years.

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Re: Reaume Writing For The Older Job Seeker

Postby bgmacaw » Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:01 pm

Don't forget to get professional hair coloring and botox injections prior to the interview. :-)

Since I'm in my late 40's I get a lot of age discrimination in the IT industry. The place where I work now is rather rare, all of the programmers in my location are 40+. I used a functional resume style that only went back about 10 years in terms of skills and that would usually get me in the door. However, they were able to figure out my age reasonably well when they saw me in person. Then I would get BS like "We liked your skill set but we don't think that you would fit into our team dynamic." or "Your skills were a good fit but we don't believe that you would be comfortable with the pace of our project teams." :roll: :x
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