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How to Create a resume where age isn’t the protagonist?
Will I be called for an interview if I don’t include my age?
Are there more possibilities of being called if we don’t mention our age?
Many questions arise with the omission or inclusion of two little digits in the resume: age. The mission of the resume is to get you a job interview, therefore, you must emphasize your qualities as much as you can, in order to fulfil your goal. There are a few ways to organize the resume to give more emphasis to certain things that could be more important than others. If age could cause a discrimination, promoting the resume with differentiating information will be vital to receive the call.
First off, we have to understand that age shouldn’t be a cause of discrimination. Any person that makes a big effort can perform greatly in their job and be absolutely productive. The reasons for discriminating are basically based on the belief that young people are inexperienced, have little skills and tend to be irresponsible; and older ones are always associated with being slow, exhausted and producing little. Yes, these are absolute myths, but sadly they are still prejudices, and these are, many times, inevitable.
What to do if you feel that those two digits could be a problem
It tends to happen that companies with discriminating policies discard the really old or really young workers, without even giving them an opportunity. This opportunity translates into a job interview and it can have a bigger chance of happening if we created a resume where our age wasn’t the main character. That way, you could go to the interview, show yourself personally and show them your abilities and your potential efficiency.
Creating a resume where age isn’t the protagonist
- Your abilities must be updated: You always need to be aware of recent technologies or the latest procedures that are used in the work field that you’re aiming towards. If you want to be an office worker, you shouldn’t put that you have worked with “Microsoft Works”, you should put that you have worked with “Microsoft Office”, which is the current suite.
- Give priority to recent dates: Even though your whole experience is extremely important, it’s probable that your latest jobs are the ones that have made a bigger contribution to your work life (you also applied there all the knowledge you gained from previous jobs). This is why jobs that are over 15 years old, could be easily omitted, or be slightly mentioned. That way, your recent activities will have the attention, and you can speak deeply about your abilities, achievements and responsibilities.
- Don’t include old documents: If you’re going to include documents in your application, for example, a recommendation letter. Watch out for the time they were given to you, if they’re over 15 years old, save them for yourself.
- Avoid personal information: You can only write a limited amount of text, so don’t waste it writing personal information (it shouldn’t have any effect on your results), use it to write about yourself and your characteristics as a professional.
- Show vitality and optimism: Use your words to show positivism and your will to learn. The need to grow in knowledge and want to become better are two qualities that every applicant should have.
It’s important to say that we don’t need to lie to be called for an interview. What we need to do is use the resources that we have, strategically, in order to make an impact on the recruiter so that he/she finally gives us the chance to go to the interview. You need to implicitly say: “It’s true, I may be old or young, but that would never determine my value as a professional and the way I will perform for the company”.
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