Addressing Ageism

The health care industry is rampant with ageism although it is well-veiled. Although that is discouraging, it’s better to be armed with that awareness so that you can be proactive in your job search. The financial bottom line is a fact of life and experienced employees “cost” more than less experienced employees to hire. As a resume writer, sometimes it seems that the ideal job candidate has 6 months – 5 years of experience vs. the well-seasoned vet simply because they are generally “cheaper” to hire. Resume strategies for the experienced worker are complex. You must be truthful, but you also want to thoughtfully convey your experience. You also want to manage your LinkedIn profile with the same sensitivity.

  • Omit phrases like “20 years of experience” and “decades of experience” from your resume.
  • Do not put your date of graduation if it is over 10 years ago.
  • Limit work experience to positions that you have held to the last 10-15 years.
  • Do not put your photograph on your resume. Employers do not want to be accused of “ageism” so eliminate that obstacle. Of course, they will see your head shot on your LinkedIn profile so make sure that it presents you in the best light.
  • Ensure that your CEU’s reflect that you are current climate in healthcare

If you get discouraged, remember, that resumes are not what get people jobs – networking does. A current employee vouching for you can more than compensate in many circumstances. Just because you have many, many years of experience does not mean that you are not going to get THAT job, it just means that you might have to work harder to be considered.

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