Older Applicants - Special Tips

With a lot of people being put out of work and forced to find new place of employment, many older generations are feeling pessimistic about their abilities to find a job. Take heed, though - regardless of your age, there are plenty of ways to make sure you that you’re a quality candidate and to ensure that this is conveyed.

First and foremost - always use a cover letter. For older generations, this shouldn’t be news. When writing a cover letter, don’t be scared or ashamed of your age. In fact, ignore it completely.

  • When writing your cover letter, use a reference that is a common factor between you and the company you’re applying at.
  • Rather than putting an emphasis on the number of years of experience you have, embrace the actual experiences. Talk about the last few professional accomplishments. Make sure they are recent and credible, and are relevant to the job you’re applying for.
  • Write well. This shouldn’t be surprising, but older generations actually have a leg up on the writing and articulation portion, over newer graduates. They come from a time where English classes included diagramming sentences. Let your eloquence come out.

When writing your resume, it can be hard to conceal your age, without sacrificing important information.

  • Use salary ranges. If you’re concerned about past salaries preventing you from receiving a jobs, list them in ranges or use a more colloquial setting for them. You don’t have to use hard numbers, unless asked for a salary requirement.
  • Only include the last ten years, or 3 jobs on your resume. Whichever is more relevant or comfortable, but try and keep your resume’s length on the shorter end.

-Always have someone proofread. Though much hasn’t changed, the Oxford comma, resume layouts and formality of cover letters have dramatically changed over the past decade. Have someone with an objective eye give your resume and cover letter a close read.