The Ageless Resume – Give Your CV a Facelift

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Are you thinking of leaving your job? Most workers routinely consider the option. In today’s market, even self-described engaged employees are susceptible to a competitor’s pull. 

Millennials have long epitomized this transient nature but are not alone in this job-hopping, “company me” mindset. Even Gen-X and baby boomers have developed discerning tastes regarding potential employers and are more apt to shop the competition these days. Employers who lack a strong brand and employee value proposition (EVP) can quickly lose key talent.

The Impact of Age

Of course, it’s easier to jump ship when you’re fleet of foot. Younger workers are more likely to increase compensation and advance their titles when changing companies. 

Job-hopping is more challenging for seasoned employees. Naturally, there are fewer higher-level roles available. The more significant issue stems from the growing age discrimination these workers face.

If you’ve been out of the job search mindset for a while but would like to reenter the fray, mind the following resume-refining, age-defying tips to ensure you don’t come across as a CB-radio in a podcasting world. 

  1. Ditch the Dates: Remove the dates from your education credentials. No one needs to know when you graduated, just that you earned a degree from a specific school. Also, lose the dates on your earlier jobs and simply include a brief section entitled “Previous Business/Work Experience.”
  2. Update Your Email: The 90s were great, but you want to avoid coming across as hailing from the 1890s. Switching is a pain, but pitch the Prodigy or AOL account already and opt for a more up-to-date provider. If you don’t have a personalized email account, go with Gmail or Yahoo. 
  3. Lose the Slang, Ya Dig? Jargon can convey that you’re familiar with the industry lingo, but buzzwords offer little value. Instead of risking the use of antiquated language, opt for generic but meaningful verbiage. After all, “capitalized on synergy” has nothing on “reduced costs by 15%”. Say what you mean and be specific.

Hiring managers should not engage in age discrimination, but sometimes, overt or unconscious bias can seep into the selection process. Common preconceived notions that older workers are too expensive, less energetic, or out of touch are as ridiculous as they are offensive. 

In an ideal world, candidates wouldn’t have to adjust their resumes to get a fair shake. Unfortunately, the world is less than perfect. Making these subtle changes will reduce the likelihood of bias and help get you an interview. From there, you can shine on your terms. 

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