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Resume tips for avoiding ageism

Age discrimination, commonly referred to as ageism, is when an employer bases their decision to hire, fire, promote or offer lower wages to someone based on their age. This affects not only the older generations but the younger ones as well.

Age discrimination is illegal but still very common and often difficult to prove. A lot of times passing through the resume process and getting an interview can be the toughest part. Since ageism is nearly impossible to avoid, it's important to be proactive and cautious about how your resume represents you. A well thought out resume can be the key to getting you in the door for an interview.

Update your resume using these helpful tips:

  • Do not include your graduation date. List your education but lose the dates. It's irrelevant and doesn't need to be displayed.
  • Simplify your email address. Be aware of any numbers listed in your email address. Does marksmith1965@yahoo.com mean you were born in 1965? A future employer might think so.
  • Use a popular email domain. Create a Gmail email address on Google; this is a popular and commonly used platform. It will tell future employers that you are engaged in current trends.
  • Edit your work experience. It's wonderful that you have so much experience to bring to the job but listing 15+years at a company could give away your age, especially if other work experience it listed as well. Depending on the job, consider capping it at 10+ years of experience.
  • Remove irrelevant work experience. This tip applies to any person with a resume. An employer wants to know how your experience is significant to the position their hiring for. Including previous work experience that doesn't directly correlate to the job listing is unnecessary fluff.

Being a victim of ageism can be frustrating and make you feel defeated. If you feel as though you've been a victim of age discrimination and want to take legal action, contact an attorney that focuses on discrimination cases. They will be able to guide you through the legal process and offer helpful advice along the way.

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