Growing older is something that creeps into the mind of many professionals, especially if they have reached their 50s or 60s and are on the hunt for a new job. Some worry that they may not be considered viable candidates in the eyes of employers when compared to younger professionals.
But as a wise, skilled, top-level candidate, there is no reason for you to feel any less qualified. In fact, you are likely more qualified than younger competitors; you just need to prove it. So take time to do so on your resume by utilizing the following four tips:
1. Focus on Recent Jobs
If you’ve had more than a couple of jobs during your career, then it’s a good idea to focus on the more recent ones as you write your resume. A good rule of thumb is to not worry about going back more than 15 years, especially since some of what you learned prior to that may not be relevant to the job you’re applying for anyway.
2. Pinpoint Your Strengths
It’s even more important that you highlight your greatest accomplishments in your career as a seasoned professional. Keep in mind that the more recent the accomplishments, the better (i.e., 2009 accomplishments vs. 1979 accomplishments).
Employers are not as interested in what you did at the beginning of your career—when you were still learning your craft—as they are what you have accomplished as a skilled candidate.
3. Keep Up With the Times
One reservation employers could have when considering older workers is a fear that they may not be able to keep up with technological advancements. It’s good for you to show that you are not only keeping up, but are right in the fold.
Show that you understand the Internet by submitting your resume online. Not only that, discuss your technological aptitudes in your resume, and list your professional online profiles too (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) to give yourself a great boost as a candidate.
4. Consider a Functional Resume
One more thing to consider is creating a functional resume that doesn’t list the years of your accomplishments but instead focuses on the accomplishments alone. Some employers see functional resumes as red flags for gaps in employment or other issues, however, so take the time to be thorough if you choose to take this route.
As a seasoned professional with many years of experience under your belt, it’s important that you help employers to focus less on your age and more on your talents and capabilities. There’s no doubt that you can get the job done. Now, show the employer just how capable you are!
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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