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It's 2010 Plus One

Happy New Year! Congratulations for automatically getting a year older. And welcome to my favorite topic: The accusation that recruiters try to find out how old you are from your resume.  

Recruiters really don’t care how old you are. We care about your experience and your training; what you can do for our client. If your experience is doing the same thing for 25 years, how valuable is that experience past, let’s say, the 5th year? Or have you been working and gaining new experience as you grow within a company? That kind of information should be on your resume.

It really is a shame that age and experience are so linked. But please try not to make it worse by insulting a recruiter who asks when you graduated from college. It’s part of your Curriculum Vitae – or your life’s story. 

Here’s our very best resume advice for 2011:

  • Be 100% honest. Stretching the truth, even a little bit, isn’t worth it. If you can’t make an honest claim that would ultimately have to be corroborated by a co-worker or supervisor, then don’t put yourself in an embarrassing position by stretching the truth.
  • Include all dates, even if you think it’s painful to fess up to being as old as you are. Dates are important to verify education, your work history and residency. Withholding dates is the biggest red flag on resumes. Someone will ultimately check those dates. Then what?
  • Do not restrict your resume to the last 10 years of your work history. Your resume is a document about the sum total of your work history, not starting when you decided it really counts. And think about how stupid this looks: Your first position out of college was as Vice President of Operations in a $200M company.

There must be a myth circulating that it’s acceptable to hide how old you are so you can secure an in-person interview. Then what? Dazzle them with your brilliance? You can do that at 25 or 65.

Happy New Year. Please take this to heart. 

Rose Mattran

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