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Age and your job search

BY SAMANTHA NOLAN Modified: October 19, 2012 at 9:42 am •  Published: October 19, 2012

2. Remove focus on the number of years of experience you possess if you are concerned it ages you. Within the first sentence of your résumé you are stating that you offer “20+ years of extensive experience … ” By doing this you are immediately doing what you are trying not to do! You do not need to present a total of the number of years of experience you possess; let readers add that up if they are interested. Instead, be sure your summary focuses on just the highlights and key contributions associated with your candidacy.

3. Make your quantifiers easier to read. Your résumé appears cluttered with numbers, and while numbers jump off the pagea good thingyou will want to make them as easy to read as possible. Based on the quantity of metrics you have on your résumé, it makes your Select Achievements section difficult to scan. Consider changing notations of $50,000,000 to $50M; it makes for a much quicker and more impactful scan.

4. Add dates to all or select areas of your Professional Experience section. As mentioned above, you must add some dates back into your résumé. As this section appears on page two, it isn’t as potentially disqualifying as if those dates appeared on page one. You can date just the most recent and not the earliest of your experiences if that paints a better picture. Just be sure to add a subheading of “Foundational Experience” before you break format and omit earlier dates.

Take a look at the résumé I have included this week (view on While this résumé represents a seasoned candidate, dates are only included back to 1998 with foundational experiences bylined with key highlights and dates strategically omitted. Utilize this approach when you want to include strong early experience without the context of exactly when it occurred.

Best of luck for success.


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