What Older Job Seekers Should Know About Dates and Résumés

Older job seekers don’t necessarily want to let recruiters and hiring managers know they’ve been around awhile, perceiving their age as a disadvantage in their search. One tactic they take to hide their age is to omit college graduation dates and even dates of jobs from many years ago.

While it is a good idea to have an Early Career section of your résumé if you’ve been around for a few decades or have had many jobs, so you can present an overview of your early experience, you really want to maintain an air of transparency as a job seeker. Inevitably they are going to find your dates, and that’s as it should be. Executive positions require experience and experience comes with age. It’s best to own who you are and to be authentic and consistent in how you present yourself. One doesn’t have to lose a contemporary feel just because they have years of experience.

Listen to ExecuNet Career Strategists talk about dates on résumés in this excerpt from a session of ExecuNet Master Class.

William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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