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Reviving Your Resume – Updating It For Today’s Job Market

Reviving Your Resume – Updating It For Today’s Job Market

Unfortunately, employers still have some preconceived ideas that they should avoid hiring people over 50.

But these perceptions of aging just aren’t true. 

Given current extended life expectancies, financial needs and just wanting to stay engaged, many people are planning on working well past the traditional retirement age. So leaving the workforce in your 50’s or 60’s is not necessarily part of everyone’s retirement plans any longer.

If you are looking for a new job after the age of 50, having a resume that is outdated could just compound this perception of what employers may believe are some of the limitations of older workers and may not position you well to land that job you’re looking for.

So, what should actually be on your resume?

The following video from Business Insider reviews what should (and shouldn’t) be included in your resume. Some of the highlights that are suggested are;

Focus on the format and layout of your resume. This is just as important as the actual content. Your resume needs to be easy for someone to scan and easily find the most important information about you.

The top 1/3 of your resume should be considered your “snapshot”. This prime real estate of your resume should contain everything that an employer needs to know about you. It should also act as a teaser for them to want to read the rest of your resume.

Don’t include an objective. An objective is really more about what you want versus the value that you could provide to the organization. Instead, replace the objective with a professional summary that contains information about what you’re great at, what you are passionate about and what you’re qualified for.

Provide an outline of your core competencies and knowledge. This should be easy to read and use terms an employer can understand.

Pay close attention to how your actually format your resume.  Pay attention to the layout of your experience and achievements as well as the font size that you use.

Finally, don’t cram everything into your resume. Be selective in what you share and make sure that it really helps you stand out and demonstrates why you are the best candidate for the position.

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