If you are over 50 and looking for employment, you need to beware of these resume gaffs:
- Using outdated terminology or misusing current terminology, especially when writing about computer or leadership skills.
- Worrying too much about gaps that may have occurred while you took care of children, an aging parent or a sick spouse or simply decided to explore other opportunities.
- Sacrificing information about highly valuable earlier experience in an attempt to hide your age.
- Relying on an old-fashioned one-size-fits-all resume that does not emphasize the specific skills featured in the job posting or advertisement.
- Letting fear stop you from engaging in social media, such as LinkedIn.
- Being unprepared for an interview by someone younger than you who may ask (inappropriately, but not illegally) about your age; AARP recommends responding to age-related questions with “How do you see my age affecting my ability to perform the job?”
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