Career AdviceHow to write your resume if you are over 50
"It may be unfair, but age discrimination is a real thing in today's workforce and job search," says Amanda Augustine, a career expert from TopResume."I have used TopResume when giving career advice to clients. The service from TopResume is worth the money," says Søren Leth-Nissen from NDUNA.
Talent Inc. is the global leader in technology-enabled career services. Through its suite of brands — TopResume, TopCV, and TopInterview — the company helps professionals tell the best version of their career story, enabling them to stand out from the crowd and land the right job, faster.
Amanda joined the company in 2015 as the spokesperson and resident career expert for Talent Inc.’s growing suite of brands. With nearly 15 years of experience in the recruiting and career-advice industry, she is a certified professional career coach (CPCC) and resume writer (CPRW), helping professionals improve their careers and find the right job sooner.
Here are Amanda Augustine’s 13 tips to help older job seekers with their resume
Focus on your recent experience. The further along you are in your career, the less relevant your earlier experience becomes. Focus on detailing those years of experience that are related to your job search.”
Eliminate older dates. Remove the dates related to work experience, education and certifications if they don’t fall within a 10-to-15-year window.
Limit your resume to two pages. If you want your resume to be noticed by hiring managers, keep it short so they get the gist of your work history within that 10-second timeframe.
Avoid a “jack-of-all-trades” approach. Your resume should be tailored to support your current career objective rather than providing a general summary of your entire work history.
Optimize your resume with keywords. Improve the chances of your resume making it past the applicant tracking system and on to a human by adding keywords within your resume from the job description.
Upgrade your email address. Get a free, professional-looking Gmail address that incorporates your name.
List your mobile phone number. Only list your cell phone number on your resume so that you answer the phone yourself.
Join the LinkedIn bandwagon. Customize your LinkedIn profile URL and add it to the top of your resume.
Showcase your technical proficiencies. Create a small section toward the bottom of your resume that lists your technical proficiencies.
Customize your online application. Small tweaks to your resume can make a big difference. Make small edits to customize your resume so that it clearly reflects your qualifications.
Ditch the objective statement. Write your elevator pitch instead. It should be a brief paragraph summarizing your job goals and qualifications.
Aim for visual balance. Focus on leveraging a combination of short blurbs and bullet points to make it easy for the reader to quickly scan your resume and find the most important details that support your candidacy.
Focus on achievements, not tasks. Use bullet points to describe the results you’ve achieved and the major contributions you’ve made that benefited your employers.
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