Disguising Your Age in Executive Resumes
If you’re looking for a position at the executive level, there’s a chance that you’ve
been in your career for quite some time. As you know, when competing for work,
especially in a strained economy, some employers choose to go with candidates
who present a greater promise of longevity – something a seasoned professional
may not always bring to the table in their eyes.
Of course, you know you’re not planning on walking away from your career anytime
soon, but it’s sometimes hard to explain this to employers, which for many means
disguising their age until they’re able to get to the interview. If this is something
you’d like to try in your resume, here are some tips to consider:
Exclude Some Specifics of Your Professional Employment
One trick that you can use to disguise your age on your resume is to structure your
professional employment so that it doesn’t focus on specific dates. For instance, if
you’ve been working for over 20 years, you might summarize some of your early
experience at the end of your resume – without dates – rather than including every
job you’ve had chronologically.
Another option you have is to not mention the early years at all, unless they’re so
impressive that you just can’t leave them out. For instance, if you worked in retail
at a local department store and your latest job was president of the department
store nationally, you might want to include this to show your fast progression
throughout your career. However, if you started off in retail at the department store
and now you’re a top-level engineer, the connection is truly too weak to consider
adding it to your resume, especially if you’re trying to avoid telling your age.
Exclude Dates for Your Education
Another exclusion you might consider for your resume is your graduation dates. By
the time you’ve reached the executive level, the amount of knowledge, training and
skills you’ve acquired probably far outweigh the education you received in 1968.