Is Your Resume Giving You Problems?
How to fix problems with your resume
Is your resume giving you problems? Does your masterpiece of a career document suffer from some flaw that impedes its greatness?
Resumes are quirky, detailed documents that seem to need just the right amount of everything in order to shine. Naturally, problems will arise, and you need to handle those resume challenges before it’s released to the world of potential employers.
While many issues can happen, these are some of the most common:
You come off looking too old
Ageism is alive and well in the world of employment today. Yes, it may be illegal to discriminate against someone based on his or her age, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Employers are barred from coming out and asking how old you are, but they can infer your age from your resume. Here are some strategies that will keep you from appearing too experienced:
- In your summary, state your experience in a field as “more than” a certain number of years. For example, if you have 32 years of experience, you can state that you have “more than 20 years of experience,” which is the truth.
- Eliminate the graduation date from college. Most people graduate from college in their early 20s, and a graduation date can tip a reader off on your age. Eliminate the graduation date on your resume and you’ll provide sufficient information without dating yourself.
- Eliminate some of your older jobs. Your resume should put you in the best light possible, and listing jobs that you held in the 1980s may not serve you well. The experience is probably irrelevant by this point, and it will only make you look like an older applicant. If there isn’t a clear-cut advantage for you to include those older jobs, cut them loose.
Too Many Jobs On Your Resume
If you’re one of those people who have worked at a lot of jobs in a short period of time, or maybe you spent a few months at a position that just didn’t work out, this can be a red flag on your resume.
You want to present yourself as someone who is stable and who the employer can depend on. If you have a few too many positions to list, then it might be advantageous for you to delete a position or two. Keep the positions that show your best work in the field you want to work in. The same logic goes for that one job that just didn’t work out. If you would look better with a small employment gap on your resume, rather than that nightmare job that you now regret taking, use your delete button and move on to the more positive roles.
Speaking of gaps in employment…
How should you handle gaps in your employment?
In years past, gaps in employment were viewed quite suspiciously. Most professionals were expected to work continuously throughout their career. Things have changed quite a bit since then.
Employers now realize that gaps in employment happen for good reasons. Our economy has taken quite a few hits recently that put some very good people out of work. Other people take time off to help an elderly parent, raise children, or to take a sabbatical. Time between positions is now easily explained and readily accepted in the professional world.
Don’t let hiccups in your work history ruin your resume masterpiece. At One Great Resume, we handle these unique situations every day. We’ve seen it all, and are the experts at turning a stumbling block into a solid foundation.