July 19, 2018

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If You Are Over 50 Don’t Make These Resume Mistakes

If you’re a job seeker over 50, you may be feeling a little left out by the job market. Younger recruiters you send resumes to don’t seem to respond to your skills and experience. If you’re feeling symptoms of age discrimination, you should know that your resume could be the culprit, categorizing you as out of date and over the hill.

There are three ways your resume can make you look old. Your resume is due for a face lift if it contains:

  1. Outdated technology skills

  2. Outdated industry or occupational terminology

  3. Outdated resume trends

Don’t despair if your resume is out of date. You can perform an extreme resumemakeover by using the tips below.

  1. Make sure you are up to date on your industry’s technology.

    Check multiple job descriptions within your industry to see what technologies employers really want. Determine which technologies are missing from your resume. Then decide what you need to learn or do in order to fill that technology gap. Consider adult education classes, college classes, or even online learning to fill the learning gap.

  2. Make sure your resume is using current terminology.

    If you have just been adding to the same old resume over the years, then your early entries may be using outdated terms. One way to bring your resume up to date is through publications from your industry’s professional associations. If you don’t belong to any professional associations, you might be missing out on the latest industry-speak.

    Another good resource is job descriptions. Search job descriptions in your field for recurring terms. Learn to use the current terminology for your industry correctly and effectively.

  3. Make sure your resume reflects today’s trends in resume format and style. Some of the old resume rules just don’t apply any more. For example:

    “Limit your resume to one page.” This is a really old idea that limits your ability to show all of your skills and expertise.

    “End your resume with References Available Upon Request.” You don’t need to say that; it’s assumed.

    “You should show every job you have ever held and give each equal importance.” Your employment history should only go back as far as it related to your current employment objectives. Think of your resume as a marketing piece that highlights the best parts rather than as a tell-all.

    “One resume should handle everything.” Not anymore! You'll need to customize your resume to different industries and functional jobs. Take the time to customize your resume for each job you apply to and you'll have better luck getting responses from employers.

Let your experience work for you rather than against you. Using these tips to update your resume can make a noticeable difference in interest from employers. And your new resume will be a better reflection of your hard-earned skills, talents, and expertise

- Deborah Walker, CCMC

Resume Writer ~ Career Coach

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