I am happy to report that I am employed, as well as at least three of my friends -- using the resume I wrote for them. Granted, they got the job based on their skill set and background, but I'd like to think I helped get them in the door.
Some tips for we 40ish and 50ish looking for jobs:
- List only the last 10 years of your career on your resume. That's all employers are interested in, unless you won a Pulitzer Prize, Oscar, Nobel Peace Prize, etc., beyond that date.
- Hide your age -- don't put the year of your graduation and quite honestly, don't list the years of your employment.
- Don't list your previous salary - everyone is paying less and employers still haven't figured out we realize we have to work for less and will work for less.
- Avoid the stupid interview questions such as "If you could be an animal, which one would you be and why?" A good friend actually got this question in an interview. Here's the answer: "How does this relate to this position?" and jump into your qualifications for the job before they can answer.
- Apply only for jobs you are qualified for -- extremely overqualified and they won't look at you. Same goes for under qualified.
- Realize you are likely to interview with someone very much younger than you are. Try not to roll your eyes during interview, even though you will have the strong urge to do so.