You wouldn't tell your age on television or on a date. You wouldn't wear a sign around your neck advertising your date of birth. Then why broadcast your chronological age to a stranger? Well, that's exactly what you're doing if you allow yourself to be dated by your resume.
Your resume is the first presentation of you to a employer. It speaks on your behalf to prospective employers. It should promote your skills and talents, your greatest assets and diminish your negatives.
In this economy, Baby Boomer workers are having a tough time if they are laid-off or quit their jobs. Count yourself among this group if you were born between 1946 and 1964. Those who are 50 years or older who became unemployed around 2007 have experienced the most difficulties in being rehired of any of this demographic group. There are several contributing factors to this statistic. Nowadays, many of these workers desire to remain in the workforce longer, working past age 65 for various reasons. Many of those on the younger side of this group, those in their early to mid 40s, are at a point when they want to move-up on the job ladder, or are women who are returning to work after raising their families.
Whatever the forces, older workers are having a hard time finding success in career elevation and age is one big obstacle. The resume is the first place to address and combat any possibility of age discrimination.
1. Allow your resume to present you and your skills in light of the job you want. Your past experience is great and your resume should also highlight your background, but the central focus of this document is to get the prospective employer to see you in his/her future organization, not a relic of your past glory.
2. Leverage the assets of your past employment history to propel you into the exciting vistas of new employment opportunities before you. Design your resume to speak to recruiters about where you want to be; about how you've strategically positioned yourself to take-on the next new challenges in your career.
3. Older workers may see themselves and their skills as passe and this negative view of themselves is permeates their paperwork presentation. If you need new skills then seek them and obtain what is needed to be competitive through online and classroom coursework.
Don't be passive about the way in which you go about preparing for your working future. An aggressive attitude and purposeful career planning, even in this "second act" of your career can mean the difference finding full-time, well-paying employment and winding-up a grey-haired Greeter at the local 'mart' store. (not that there's anything wrong with that)