A client of ours asked us to review their resume because he wanted to make sure he didn’t have a resume that made him look like an old fart.
Yeah, I would say that’s a worthy goal: Making sure your resume doesn’t make you look like an old fart.
In a three second glance I saw four signs that his resume was, in fact, making him look like an old fart:
(1) His resume started with the phrase, “Having over 25 years of experience…”
You have to realize if you lead with age, the hiring manager is going to think you are old.
(2) He used the word “seasoned” to describe his experience in his summary.
Only French fries and food should be seasoned… Not senior professionals. Don’t call yourself seasoned.
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(3) He had two spaces after every sentence ending. Yes, two spaces after the period.
This is a 1950’s typing rule. It’s old fashioned. Use it and people will think you are old fashioned… Or wonder why you have two spaces after every period because they are too young to know that was a rule.
(4) The body of his resume doesn’t have achievements and only houses job description tasks.
This is a 10 year old resume tactic. Today’s resumes have achievements. Recruiters want to know how well you did your job, not just that you completed your tasks.