8 Tips for Not Looking Old in Your Resume (Age Discrimination)
By Tom Sorensen
Tuesday, 20th June 2023

If you are older than 50 you may already have felt the pain, anger, and disappointment of being discriminated against because of your age.

In this blog are 8 easy-to-apply tips for not shooting yourself in the foot, because you suspect the world may be perceiving you as too old to hire.

What is age discrimination?

Age discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age.

In the US, the Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA) forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older.

The European Union has for 20 years a directive banning discrimination on the basis of age in employment and occupation. Discrimination on the basis of age is also prohibited under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which bounds all member states of the Council of Europe.

At a national level in the EU, protection from age discrimination varies from one European country to another. Overall, despite the general intention to protect against age discrimination, in most countries, protection remains uneven and incomplete.

Video: 8 tips to avoid shooting yourself in the foot

Watch this short video and hear Tom Sorensen explain how you can be smarter than other 50+ old candidates. Click here or the video radio button on the left.

  1. The best font to use for your resume.
  2. Do not and never attach a photo.
  3. Landline telephones have no place.
  4. Go for Gmail anytime.
  5. How to start About and not like this: Over 30 years of experience.
  6. How to write Work Experience older than 10-15 years.
  7. Education is fine – but not the year of graduation!
  8. Date of birth stays on your birth certificate, please.

Tom Sorensen is an executive search veteran with over 25 years of experience recruiting in Asia, Europe, and Africa. He has worked in executive search in Thailand since 2003 and is recognized as one of the country’s top recruiters and most profiled headhunters.


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