It is amazing to me how many people believe the reason no-one is calling them in for an interview is because they are old.
Really? How does the employer know how old you are when reading your resume?
- Did you list your birth date?
- Did you list the year you graduated?
- Did you list every job you’ve had since high school?
If any of these are true, then know that YOU told the employer how old you are. Sadly, employers make assumptions.
But you can absolutely help the recruiter reach a different assumption if you show how you’ve pivoted into new roles, implemented innovative ideas, learned new technology and built a reputation of excellence.
Experience isn’t enough. Employers only have time to interview candidates who meet what they are looking for. If you haven’t landed an interview, could it be because you haven’t explained in your resume why they should? Employers are receiving hundreds and thousands of resumes. Why would your’s stand out?
- Your experience exactly matches what they are looking for
- You have the exact match of skills they are looking for
- You’ve proven that you have successfully done what they need you to do with their company
Your resume is a sales brochure not a historical account of everything you have done. Adjust your resume for every job you apply to.
Honestly, I don’t believe employers have anything against someone solely because of their age. It is more likely that they see candidates as “overqualified.” This means: EXPENSIVE.
The next time you think you aren’t getting an interview because of your age, see if it’s your resume. How have you shown you meet the qualifications without presenting that you have MORE experience than what’s required for the job.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.