Resume Tips For Older Adults Returning To The Workforce
June 28, 2022
by Michael Yublosky
I read an undated article by Bob Weinstein just today. It is entitled “Why Companies Are Not Interested in Old Experience”. The article offers some good do’s and don’ts for senior adults’ writing résumés and looking to return to work.
Bob initially points out some common mistakes older works make on their résumés.
- Your age can be revealed by including graduation dates for both education and training. (I.E. College degree at 22 PLUS years since that date EQUAL approximate age!)
- Employers don’t care about all of your previous experience, only the relevant history. Bob’s advice is – “Include only jobs in your recent past that demonstrate competence for the position you’re applying for.”
- Time gaps in work history are very common. But they can be a red flag especially when they reveal long periods of unemployment. You can make them disappear by just omitting the dates.
- Weinstein cautions you to please, please never openly reveal your age. Be vague when you can.
Bob also offers some positive tips.
- Consider yourself to be a product. Then tell potential employers what true value you can bring to the organization. Sell your worth rather than merely describing what you did in the past. Present results and accomplishments over just the facts. (Sell benefits over features in sales terminology.)
- Use keywords specifically applicable to the industry, company and (when you can) the job description itself. An artificial intelligence program that rapidly scans résumés can recognize them.
- Stress your particular skills and how they relate to the job you are applying for.
- E-mail résumés instead of mailing or sending overnight.
Bob also cites some sound advice from an outside source. These include listing only the past 10 or 12 years of job history, using current acronyms or terminology and updating a former employer’s name if the company’s name was changed or they were bought out.
In his bio Weinstein states he has 40 years journalism background and adds that he is a “…reporter, syndicated columnist, author of 15 books about the workplace, contrarian and curmudgeon.”
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