As a follow up to my previous mid-career post, I thought I’d take it a step further and offer up some resume advice to match. I’d prefer to focus on the positives instead of the negatives people of a certain age face. We all know the bias exists.
Don’t panic, there are some things you can do to face the age bias on your resume. Here are a few tips to help your resume stand out along the way:
- Recent experience — focus on this first. Highlight what you’ve been doing and accomplishing lately not from 10 years ago. This shows your relevance.
- Remove all dates on certifications, degrees and nothing on the resume before 15 years. It’s better to give more details on your more recent roles than list everything you’ve done.
- The resume should be two pages. Most recruiters and hiring managers spend 10 seconds reading the resume. Appropriate white space allows for space to focus on the most relevant work as it pertains to the job applying for. Not a jack-of-all-trades.
- Keywords that ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) will pick up on. Hence, using words on your resume that match the job description will make it stand out on top of the list when a recruiter reviews applicants.
- Update your email address and include your phone number on your resume. It’s best to look updated in your email address to show your technical savvy ability. Hence, don’t use an AOL or Hotmail account and put your name in the email address, not a cute nickname or favorite superhero.
- If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, create one and customize the URL to include your name. LinkedIn is a great tool to let recruiters know you are looking for a job and to communicate with you. There are all kinds of strategies in utilizing this tool in your search.
- No need for the Objective statement. It’s redundant and fluff. Use the Summary of Experience section as your Elevator Pitch section. Include your strengths and your value to the prospective employer.
- Validate your skills by using real measurable statistics not simply that you’re an accomplished leader. How are you an accomplished leader?
- Showcase your achievements, not the day-to-day tasks.
- You can do it! Need help — drop me a line.