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“De-Aging” Your Resume?

Posted By Alejandra Owens On July 11, 2008 @ 11:19 am In Work Matters | 2 Comments

“Whoever thought 20 plus years of experience would be a liability?” questions experienced film reporter Lisa Johnson Mandell [1] in this morning’s TODAY show [2] segment on “De-Aging Your Resume.”
So what exactly is it that folks should do to downplay years of valuable experience? According to TODAY show contributor Jean Chatzky, “For women, shorten your skirts a little bit. Cover your grays.”
Pardon me, but I just choked on my Kashi. Jean! Usually your money and career advice is so spot on! But to suggest that the length of a woman’s skirt and the color of her hair are valid employment criteria is a little off base. Jamie Lee Curtis showed AARP just a few months ago that going gray isn’t the end of the world, and we know of many companies [3] that LOVE the idea of 20 or 30 years of experience! No doctored up resumes needed over at RetirementJobs.com either!
I don’t believe that a person’s experience should be a liability, do you?
For some real career resources, check out these tips – including employment websites for 50+ workers – on AARP’s website [4] .

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[1] Lisa Johnson Mandell: http://lisaliveinhollywood.com/

[2] TODAY show: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032633/

[3] many companies: http://www.aarp.org/money/careers/employerresourcecenter/bestemployers/

[4] AARP’s website: http://www.aarp.org/money/work/

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