Over 40, over 50? Age discrimination may be against the law but it still happens. Here are 10 things you can do for that resume and your appearance to lessen it happening to you.
1. Omit your college graduation date. No one needs to know you did you undergrad in 1979.
2. Drop old jobs. If you have any positions listed prior to 1997 or even 2000, they don’t need to be on your resume.
3. Avoid writing in the 3rd person. “Mr. Smith is brilliant,” is straight from 1985.
4. Omit that photo. People will discriminate no matter how good you look.
5. Use updated terminology and avoid the obsolete. I still see “Personnel” (for HR), “data processing”, and “secretary" on resumes.
6. Use email for resumes. Paper resumes give your age away.
7. Use email for follow-up notes. Hand-written notes are not necessary and they are slow as the post office.
8. Dress well. Clothes still make the person. Even jeans and t-shirts need to be clean.
9. Go to the gym. Being overweight and out of shape adds years to your appearance. You may not be able to drop 20 pounds in a week, but a good work out can add a youthful glow and have a positive effect on your appearance.
10. Quit smoking. Employers want healthy people.