Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Limit Your Resume to Counter Age Discrimination?

Listing long-gone job titles and work experience on your CV can put you at a disadvantage with recruiters.




Executive resume writer Virginia Franco wrote an excellent article a couple of months ago full of great advice for anyone putting together a CV. 

Here's an excerpt that may be of particular interest to readers of this blog:

Bluesteps.com
Virginia Franco

17 July 2019

In my experience, when readers (recruiters or hiring managers) start learning about roles that happened more than 15 years ago, and they see the dates associated with them, their brains unwittingly go down a rabbit hole. The rabbit hole is filled with questions like “I wonder how old this person is?” or “I wonder how old their kids are?” In my view, the rabbit hole is more of a “human nature” idiosyncrasy than an intentional age discrimination issue.Furthermore, whether we like it or not, age discrimination does exist.

Limiting your resume to your last 15 years can help mitigate this barrier to hiring, demonstrate that your most relevant experience is recent and that you’ve kept up with current workplace trends.

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