Don’t hide your age on your resume

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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Recruitment Solutions for Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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We all know that lying on your resume is wrong.

Employers use all kinds of services to verify things like education and employment so don’t even think about making that stuff up.

Lying about your age falls into the same category. Leaving off experience so that your age is not obvious is not going to work. Employers are going to know that you did not start out as a supervisor. No one does. That will just make them wonder what else you left off.

We see resumes with no graduation date all the time. Trust me. We are going to do the math anyway.

Here is the biggest problem with age-evasion: even if we do get sucked into believing what you want us to believe, when you show up for an interview, it is going to fall apart.

Watching someone’s smile disappear at the beginning of a conversation is not the best way to start. In fact, it’s pretty hard to recover from that.

Your resume should tell your story. It should be crisp and give a clear picture of your path and your success. You can certainly summarize the parts that are less relevant or that are early in your career but don’t leave them off all together.

It’s like a big dating game. Hiring managers are looking for potential employees who fit their needs. Experience, education, achievements and salary all have to align to get to the next step.

If you leave out entire chapters of your career, how can we help you find the right match?

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