If you are trying to find a new job during the later years of your life, writing a resume can be particularly difficult. Because a strong resume is so important to getting a job at any age, we offer the following tips to help you write the perfect resume.
1. Even the Best Need a Resume
In the past, those who had reached the top of their field didn't necessarily need to actively search for a job as companies came after them. Nowadays, those at the top of their game need a perfect resume.
2. Create Your Own Marketing Brochure
The intent of a resume is to brand yourself, package your skills and market and presell them. Focus the most pertinent information at the top half of the first page.
3. Focus on Core Competencies
At the top half of the first page of your resume, include up to five accomplishments with specific numbers that spell out directly what you did. Focus on 10-15 core competencies that are relevant to the job.
4. Don't Worry About a Paper Copy
While it may help to catch the attention of the reader to receive a copy of your resume in the mail, most organizations go through a database system for resumes, so you may be asked to submit your resume online anyway.
5. Cover Letter Highlights Experiences
Many recruiters skip the cover letter unless something in the resume interests them, and those with more work experience have an advantage when it comes to a cover letter if they match up to their accomplishments and experience.
6. Stuff to Avoid
Don't start your resume out with words like seasoned; as this immediately highlights your age. List your degrees and school but avoid the dates on your education section.
7. Be Found in the Right Places
Higher paying jobs with more extensive responsibilities are rarely listed on job boards. You should be looking at other networks like LinkedIn to connect with the right people.
8. Use Industry Related Words and Jargon
If you've worked in the industry for a while and you have the experience to prove it, include commonly used words and phrases that are specific to your industry to highlight your knowledge and experience.
9. Highlight the Right Skills
If you're applying for a job as a corporate executive, your experience managing a warehouse may not be relevant. Focus your resume on the skills that are important to the job you are applying for.
10. Limit the Span of Your Resume
Never go back farther than 20 years when it comes to education and experience. Any older than that and it may be totally irrelevant to your current positions.
Go the Extra Mile
A good resume may be the thing that gets you hired, especially as a seasoned member of your industry rather than a fresh face with a brand-new education and no experience. Keep your resume focused sharply on the things that the organization wants. Always use action verbs to describe your past experiences and responsibilities, and try to keep your resume between one to one and a half pages. Remove any clutter you find that isn't important to your experience, use bulleted lists and headers to make your resume easy to read, and you'll have the perfect resume for a mature job seeker in your situation.