Resumes When You're 50+

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Mature job seekers, particular those over the age of 50 or so, need to ensure that the resume style they choose highlights their experience, without focusing too much on achievements that are in the far past.

We offer some tips on how to keep your resume current and targeted.

Mark Swartz, MBA, M.Ed
Monster.ca Career Coach

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Resumes When You're 50+

  1. 1. Employee GET& Job- YOURSeeker 50 PLUSTip RESUMEJohn RossheimMonster Contributing Writer RIGHT
  2. 2. 1. CHOOSING AN AN APROPRIATE RESUME FORMAT
  3. 3. 1.1 PLAY UP YOUR EXPERIENCE, OR HIDE IT?• Many 50-plus job seekers adopt an "I am what I am" approach. They simply update the top of their traditional chronological resume with a brief description of recent projects, subtracting a few lines from the bottom for brevity• The opposite tack, often taken out of fear of age bias and professional obsolescence, is the "I am whatever they want me to be" approach. These mature job seekers start from scratch, selectively creating from their past a chronology-free professional identity that precisely matches the needs of the h iring company du jour. The resulting functional resume is so artful that it could be mistaken for fiction
  4. 4. 1.2 TAKING THE MIDDLE GROUND• Career experts recommend the middle path• Workers should highlight their latest and greatest accomplishments in terms that will appeal to youthful recruiters and hiring managers, customizing each resume to directly address the needs of prospective employers without pandering to each job posting down to the bullet point• "Theres no reason to disguise the dates in a work history; just dont use your entire history," says Sarah Hightower Hill, CEO of Chandler Hill Partners, a career search strategies firm.• Setting a time limit on work history may be O.K. , because experience more than 10 years old can become obsolete
  5. 5. 2. EMPHASIZE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, NOT YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
  6. 6. 2. EMPHASIZE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, NOT YEARS OF EXPERIENCE• Another common mistake is to brag about depth of experience as a virtue unto itself. By contrast, recent accomplishments that are relevant to the job opening automatically make a candidate appear more youthful• As you draft your resume, "compare yourself to younger workers, who are engaged with the job market and know what employers want," says Karen Riggs, a professor of telecommunications at Ohio University and author of Granny@Work: Aging and New Technology on the Job
  7. 7. 3. ADDRESS THE TECHNOLOGY ISSUE HEAD ON
  8. 8. 3. ADDRESS THE TECHNOLOGY ISSUE HEAD ON• Whether youre a programmer or a cosmetics executive, your resume must confront any reservations the prospective employer may have about your technical aptitude• The greatest concern employers have about hiring older workers is that they wont keep up with technology, according to a survey by the Society of Human Resource Management• So flaunt what youve got when it comes to technology, whether its recent certifications or a simple mention of office-productivity software training youve undertaken.• Also ensure you show up in a social media search
  9. 9. more on this topic: Get Your 50 Plus Resume Right more career advice:http://career-advice.monster.ca join us on:

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