Tax season is behind us and it is now a great time to do a little “spring cleaning” with your resume. If you haven’t reviewed your document in a while, find it on your computer and give it a good polish or two. Rearrange the information to showcase your most relevant qualifications and experience. If you find that you have become a hoarder of information, purge, purge, purge! Edit your resume so it’s no more than two pages and clear off any experience beyond the past ten-to-fifteen years.
When you have many years of experience, listing it all can flag you as an older job seeker to employees. At times, older job applicants are turned away with the excuse they are overqualified. This may or may not be a form of ageism. Who knows? So, eliminate any possibility for this to happen.
In addition, listing twenty or thirty years of experience clutters up your resume and can make it too long. If you feel that your experience prior to the last ten or fifteen years is important to your qualifications as a candidate, try listing it under “Other Experience” where you can describe it without dates. Be sure to represent your work history that makes a difference to your potential employer!
So, go ahead and roll up your sleeves. Start your resume “spring cleaning” project today. It will help you to soar with the cool spring breezes and you’ll have a resume that is refreshed!