November 20, 2013, 2:33 PM — Good news: You have years of experience to share with a potential employer.
Bad news: You're concerned that instead of your resume projecting, "What a steal!" it conveys "I'm ancient."
There are several ways to age-proof your resume if you are worried about ageism, one of the main tactics being the omission of a popular, age-old resume staple:
“References Available Upon Request”
When you think about it, it makes sense: What employer doesn't want references? If you're a serious candidate, of course they're going to ask and of course you're going to provide.
However, job seekers continue to include this statement on their resumes, a move that succeeds only in taking up valuable space that could be put to much better use and making the candidate look outdated or - gasp - old.
Another tip for skirting the age issue: Leave the dates off your degrees. It's a sure-fire why for a person to figure out your age, at least when it comes to your bachelor's degree. Unless you graduated recently, leave the dates off.
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