It can be a big, bad, scary word… but it really doesn’t have to be! I thought I would take a moment to talk about ageism in the job search.
Let me start off by saying, I KNOW I’m going to get a lot of flak on this one … and secondly, I know that sadly, Ageism in the job search does exist.
BUT I take a slightly different approach. More of a cocky – confident approach to dealing with ageism in the job search.
Over the last 15 years of writing resumes, I have helped a LOT (like a LOT a LOT) of 50+ yr old job seekers get past this issue.
Want to know a few secrets?
- It’s not about leaving dates off of a resume.
- It’s not about making your resume functional to hide your career timeline.
- It’s not about ignoring how the job search works RIGHT NOW.
Here’s the thing, I know a lot of people say leave dates off… but unless you have a VERY good reason, and honestly, I cannot think of one that would suffice, leave dates on a resume.
Hiding your career timeline by mish-mashing it into a skills based functional resume is also a red flag. What else might you be hiding that has happened in your career? Fill your resume with RESULT-BASED ACCOMPLISHMENTS on a chronological resume for best results.
Make them say WOW.
Preparing for the job search and how it is now is very crucial to success. I know your old resume might have worked before. I know many people don’t like to use social media like LinkedIn. But sometimes you have just gotta go with the flow, and be ready!
At the end of the day, it’s all about confidence and showing off your impressive expertise.
Remember these 3 things:
If you’ve got it…flaunt it!
Don’t be scared to be the BEST candidate.
Be cocky, confident and tell them how DARN good you are!