Writing a Winning Résumé
A résumé is a description of your accomplishments, skills and experiences. It should
be written to address the needs and goals of a potential employer. A résumé alone won't get you a job, but it does act as
a calling card and can help you get that all-important interview.
Emphasize Skills, Not Experience or Dates
Today's employers are interested in your skills rather than just previous work experience.
As a mid-career or older worker, you need to select a résumé format that favorably presents your job history and skills as
they relate to your current career objectives.
As a mid-career or older worker, you should emphasize the positive attributes of your
age and experience, including:
- Accumulated experience, maturity, judgment, perspective, increasing
responsibility, consistent achievement
- Ability to make a contribution immediately (as opposed to
a younger job seeker's untested potential)
- Willingness to work on short-cycle, project-oriented basis
- Flexibility to adapt to new ideas
- Training in and familiarity with relevant computer software
and other technology
As a mid-career or older worker, you should de-emphasize dates and years by:
- Omitting dates of your degree(s)
- Omitting earliest jobs
- Inserting time frames for relevant past work experience, rather
than the dates of employment (example — "five years" rather than 1965-1970)
Choosing a Résumé Type Is Key
There are five basic types of résumés, each with a specific style:
You can learn more about
these styles of résumés by reading the article "Choosing the Right Type of Résumé."
- Chronological résumés list your relevant work experience in
reverse chronological order, that is, beginning with your most recent job.
- Functional résumés emphasize your work objective, skills and
- Combination résumés combine elements of the chronological
and functional résumés.
- Modified letter résumés, also called broadcast letters, can
be used for targeted mailings to specific kinds of employers by writing in letter style rather than résumé form.
- Electronic résumés are simple text-based résumés, with no
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