EP 1156 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers a question from a job hunter about whether they should remove references to age in their resume.

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I received a message this morning from someone with I phone interviewed last week who had a question for me. I thought this would apply to other people beyond him, so, I thought I would as a video, rather than just to write back to him. So, there is the question. For people over 60 and looking for a job, should we consider removing reference to age on the websites, my life etc. to better our chances of getting interviews?

I want to start this by saying that bigotry obviously exists but the particularly, ageism. So, let's recognize that, accept that and make firm squirm. That to me doesn't mean removing items from your resume based upon age, but I think in terms of relevance.

I'm 64 so when I think in terms of things that I did in 1971 when I graduated college or in 1972, this could probably be best put on a resume as a summary. So, as you look at your resume, look at relevance, rather than age as being the variable.

I would take of the year on the degree if I were you? Probably. But the truth of the matter is, what difference does it make? You are going to walk in the door, and are they are going to talk to you and they are going to say, “Gee! It’s an old guy,” if they are going to be bigoted.

If they aren’t going to be bigoted, they are going to look at you for your skills and experience and that's the firm that you want to work for. Why put yourself in the awkward situation? To me, it's always better to reveal and not do stupid interviews with people who are bigoted, rather than put myself in the position where I'm dragging myself to a location to talk to someone who is only can give me a courtesy interview because their biases are so profound that they're not going to listen.

Then, I’m going to have to work hard to last that long period of time and have no chance of getting hired.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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