The title of this article might be resumes for older workers, but its purpose is to help guide those individuals with a great deal of work experience. Older, or more senior, employees have an advantage over their younger counterparts. They've been around longer, and have knowledge that is more valuable.
In this article, we're going to provide some guidance to those "older" workers that are interested in updating their resumes. Part of that guidance will include a brief explanation of the three major resume types in use today. We'll also explain why the combination resume is usually the best choice for workers with a lot of experience. Finally, we'll provide some examples, including a document that can be downloaded.
Resume Styles for Older Workers
There are three main types of resumes in use today: functional, chronological, and the combination style. Each of these has its strengths and weaknesses as listed below.
The working assumption in this article is that an "older" worker is going to be looking for employment that's aligned with their current career. That is to say, they would be looking for a promotional opportunity or a lateral position, and not looking to switch careers. If the objective is to switch careers, the functional format may be a better choice.
Federal laws protect many classes of job applicants against discrimination when seeking employment. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) is one such law that aims to protect individuals who have reached age 40 years or older. Within the ADEA we find the following prohibitions:
Individuals that are older, and afraid an employer may discriminate against them because of age, can make the following adjustments to their resume:
The sample resume we've assembled for older employees is in the combination resume style, modified to accommodate the suggestions made in the previous sections. The following is a link to a downloadable Word document in the combination format: Older Worker Resume.
For individuals looking to learn more about this topic, this website also contains a number of resume writing resources on subjects such as how to write a resume as well as additional resume writing samples.
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