What can I do on my resume to protect myself against ageism?


Answered by: ByVirtualist career experts

To put it plainly, ageism can be a problem. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a part of the job search process and sometimes it’s out of our control.

The key to protecting your resume against ageism is focusing on your most recent and most relevant experience, rather than giving people your entire career history. Even if you’ve done impressive things for many years, anything beyond the last 10-15 years of your work history can actually do a disservice to your candidacy for a job.

Here are some of the most important protection steps to take:

  • Cut down any long career histories on your resume.
  • Remove graduation dates.
  • Use a current resume format (for example, no objectives, no “references available upon request”).
  • Include current communication platforms on your resume in a Technology section, like Slack, Skype, GoToMeeting, Google Drive, etc.
  • Use a current email provider, like Gmail. AOL, Hotmail, and internet service provider email addresses are the more outdated addresses we recommend shifting away from.