Resume Writing Tips for Older Workers
For older workers about to write a resume, similar to the job search process, there are some challenges you face. The way you write your resume and position your skills will determine how you stand out from other job candidates. Here are some tips you can follow as you begin to develop your resume.
- Don’t focus on your years of experience. The general rule of thumb for anyone 50 or older is to develop a resume that highlights your skills instead of the number of years you spent accomplishing them. You may want to consider developing a functional resume. This type of resume highlights your work experience and skills instead of a chronological listing of your work history.
- List the most recent 10-15 years of work experience only. We recommend that you list no more than the last 10 to 15 years of work experience. This will enable you to highlight your most recent work accomplishments and the benefits you can bring to a prospective employer, with less focus on years in the work force.
- Be sure to include your most recent and current skill set. This should include everything from specific computer knowledge to any continuing education courses or seminars you have participated in. Remember, hiring employers are looking for candidates who are up to date on the latest technology and industry specific trends that impact day to day work flow.
- Highlight your email or social media. Employers expect to contact you via email so be sure to include. If you do not have an email address, we recommend you create one. Any number of Internet service providers offer free email. Fax numbers are outdated - never include. Also, if you have links to social media sites, such as a LinkedIn profile, add them. This shows that you are current.
- Downplay your years of experience. In some instances, depending on the job you are applying to, you may need to downplay your experience level. Employers pay for experience and in some cases too much experience may position you out of a job because you may appear (based on your resume) as being too expensive, even if this is not the case.
- Include your education and dates. Even though you have eliminated other dates, here is where you need to be transparent. Hiring managers expect to see education outlined and the dates.
- Include your hobbies. Employers are always looking to hire candidates that not only match the experience to the job, but add to a dynamic workplace. Including this information, such as if you like to run, ski or travel, positions you as an active, vibrant person - younger than your years.
- Tailor your resume for each position. Just like you have to prepare for each individual interview, do the same with your resume. Tailor it to each position you are applying to.
- Check your grammar. As with your entire job search, remaining professional is imperative. Always check for grammatical errors before you submit to hiring managers. Rely on family and friends to proofread and edit.
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