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April 15, 2016
By Lisa Dare
You're seasoned. You're mature. You're experienced.
But you work in an industry that values the latest skills and ideas, and you worry your age will be mistaken for unwillingness to learn new things.
While some employers might believe youth is a proxy for having the most current skills and ideas, most would love to hire a perfect package of experience-borne wisdom, familiarity with current technologies and flexibility.
Here’s how to highlight your experience while downplaying your age—or simply showing it in the best light.
1. First, do the easy stuff
2. The best way to address your education and certifications
If you have a lot of experience, you're free to remove your education dates, while retaining the other information about your degrees.
But IT workers should bear this in mind: While most resume advice says to place your education last on your resume once you’re a few years out of school, IT professionals may have good reason to list degrees first. Many IT workers lack a four-year degree, so highlighting yours can cause screeners to pay closer attention to your resume. And many employers look for degrees when hiring managers and other high-level or less technical positions.
Unlike with your college education, you may want to highlight the dates of your most recent certifications. In fact, you should include certification numbers so potential employers can verify that they’re current.
3. Demonstrating facility with new tech and new ideas
Showing you’ve continued to learn new skills sends a powerful message that you’re still hungry to learn and achieve. Some ways to demonstrate your drive:
Bonus tip: Never do this one thing
I recently saw a resume that listed—at length—Y2K project work. The poor job seeker might as well have said he’d taken part in this video: