Career Exploration The Hiring Process
I am 53 years old, and I havenâ€™t written a rÃ©sumÃ© for over 20 years. Do I need to include my age?
The short answer is: NO!
Not only do you not need to include your age, you absolutely should not. It is illegal for the employer to base the hiring decision on the age of the candidate. Letâ€™s help the employer to stick to the law!
There are lots of things we do differently with rÃ©sumÃ©s than we did many years ago. Remember when we submitted rÃ©sumÃ©s on brightly colored paper? The theory was that, in a stack of white rÃ©sumÃ©s, the Day-Glo orange one would stand out. It still does, but not the way you want it to.
Here are some other things we used to do with rÃ©sumÃ©s:
Â·Â Write â€œRÃ©sumÃ©â€ at the top of the page
Â·Â Include our marital status and how many children we had
Â·Â Include height and weight, sometimes a picture of ourselves
Â·Â Include our date of birth and health status
Â·Â Write in the third person (as if we were writing the rÃ©sumÃ© for someone else)
Â·Â Social Security number (this is necessary for federal rÃ©sumÃ©, but not for private industry)
Â·Â Tell why we left last job
Â·Â Give our previous supervisorâ€™s contact info
Â·Â State our salary history or expectations
Â·Â List hobbies and personal interests
Â·Â Make our reference list part of the rÃ©sumÃ©
There are fashions in rÃ©sumÃ©s, just as there are in hemlines and tie width. To find out the latest information, keep reading this blog, and drop by the Frederick County Workforce Services seminar, â€œRÃ©sumÃ©s and Applications.â€ Once youâ€™ve taken that, you can meet with a Certified Professional RÃ©sumÃ© Writer and have your updated rÃ©sumÃ© critiqued.