Is It My Resume Or My Age?
Are you a baby boomer who's having a hard time finding a job? Are you sick and tired of only getting a "Thank you" e-mail from employers after submitting your resume? Well, you're not alone. There are many people out there that are struggling with the same problem. Here's some insight from our approved panel of career experts on the subject:
Realize 'Thank You' Doesn't Necessarily Mean 'No'"Some companies send out an automated 'thank you' response so the candidates know their resumes and/or applications have been received," said Amanda Haddaway, author of Destination Real World: Success After Graduation for New and Soon-to-Be College Graduates. "It doesn't necessarily mean no. In fact, many companies keep resumes active for six months to a year and hiring needs can change drastically in that amount of time."
Reevaluate Your Resume"The good news is that you are at least hearing back," says Dawn Rasmussen of PathFinderCareers.com. "Most companies don’t even have an auto-responder to let you know that they received your submission. If you are worried about your age and they haven’t met you, then it’s time to review your resume to look for areas that might tip them off." Rasmussen suggests asking these questions when evaluating your resume. These are all indicators that can leave you open to potential age discrimination. Corey Harlock of SkillstoAchieve.com suggests using these resume strategies:
- Remove dates from your education
- Only list the last 10 years of work experience
- Remove any statements like "over 20 years experience."