If you’re of Boomer generation age, the last thing you want to do when job searching is “show your age” on a resume. But isn’t discriminating against someone’s age for a job illegal? Yes, it is, but having your resume first discarded in the “don’t interview” pile isn’t. How do you avoid that? By making sure your resume reflects how valuable of an employee you would be by showing both your wealth of relevant experience and how current you are in your field.
Here are some tips to job searching Boomers from Deborah Walker of Alpha Advantage, and Resumes for Dummies, to make sure your resume gets placed at the top of the “interview” pile:
1. Outdated technology. In job searching, look for what technological skills your prospective employer is looking for. Certain keywords are used by modern resume scanners. If they’re not listed on your resume, yours will be overlooked. If you don’t have these skills it’s a good idea to take a class in 1 or 2 of them to become more current and relevant. You’ll also feel more confident to know that your technical skills are up to par with younger workers.
2. Outdated terminology/presentation. Does your resume look and/or sound like something from the 70’s? Industry lingo may have changed and if your resume is not speaking the same language that your prospective employer uses your resume may well be overlooked.
Similarly, how current is your photo, if you include one? Does it show an old hairstyle, dress, etc? Age doesn’t matter to employers as much as seeming “outdated” from another era. Update your look to a more youthful, current style before you go for an interview or attach a photo to your resume.
3. Reflect today’s trend in resume data documentation. In 2013, a “hybrid” form of resume is more current. A hybrid format combines reverse timeline and summary of functional skills and accomplishments data. A hybrid resume answers questions about time/years spent at a given employer as well as showcases your skills.
First, you want to clearly state your objective: The position/job opening the company has. Second, you want to list a Summary of Qualifications of skills that showcases your relevant skills to do that particular position. Third, start to list your relevant present/past employment, accomplishments in the Job Title, the dates employed there, and the skills referable to this job title beneath it.
Don’t limit your resume to 1 page if you have more, varied experience/skills to share. Also, don’t enumerate jobs back further than 10 years, especially if the skills are the same as the more current jobs. Rather, summarize them as past positions and general years. Omit the “References available on request” statement – this is already assumed.
To view a sample of a hybrid resume, visit this site: http://media.wiley.com/Lux/assets/23/129723.08037X%20fg0505.pdf