Has it been awhile since you updated your resume? Are you afraid that you might send out a document that doesn’t generate interviews? If you are over 40, it’s very possible that you are working from outdated information about resume writing. When the economy was booming, it didn’t matter much what your resume looked like, but things have changed.
Here are some common resume mistakes that job seekers over 40 often make:
The layout is unattractive. First impressions are lasting impressions. If the layout does not look crisp and professional, it will not attract the attention of recruiters and hiring managers.
The work history goes back too far. Many job seekers over 40 think that they have to take their work history back to their first job out of college. All that is needed is the last 10-15 years of your work history.
The resume only highlights duties, not accomplishments. Job seekers often pull out their position descriptions and use them as the basis for a description of their work experience. But seldom do they point out accomplishments on the resume, which are what distinguish them from similarly qualified candidates. Other employees with similar job titles will have similar experience, but no one can duplicate your accomplishments exactly.
The document is too lengthy. Two pages is generally the maximum length for a resume. However, many job seekers are not sure what employers are looking for, so they throw in everything and end up with resumes that are three or four pages long. The resume needs to be concise and to the point.
Some job hunters use their employers’ email addresses on their resumes. Some people do not regularly check their personal email, so they use their employers’ email instead. This sends a negative message to potential employers that the job seekers will not hesitate to use their equipment for personal use.
There are no keywords. Recruiters search their resume databases by keywords, so if a resume does not contain that keywords that recruiters are looking for, that resume will probably not be reviewed, no matter how qualified the applicant is.
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