7 Ways to Avoid Age Discrimination in Your CV
Age discrimination is unlawful in the UK, but older (job) applicants don't have any guarantee that they get the job offer sooner or later. There are several reasons behind it, which wouldn't be surprising at all.
If the applicant is eyeing a file-and-rank position, if not a part-time job, then there's a good chance that that applicant is up against younger applicants. They have the hunger to work harder, which can be an issue against older applicants. Work experience is another reason, which is rather ironic. Older applicants might not be able to customise their CV properly, which can confuse recruiters. Some recruiters prefer younger applicants because they want a younger team. Some (older) applicants may find it unfair, but some may not see their true potential. These recruiters can't be blamed at all, as they only take their words (and judge it objectively). There are more reasons, but it's not hard to see the pattern. There might be a subconscious bias against older applicants, but it doesn't imply a narrow window (of opportunity) for them. They can do something about it. This might be turn out to be an advantage as well.
CV writing, and the entire job application as well, would be all about strategy. Some older applicants may argue the flexible approach of admissions tutors on mature applicants who want to go back to the university, but job application would be a different ballgame. Recruiters will judge them on their ability to do the job, and certain details can help them get through the prejudice.
Starting from Blank Canvass: How to Support Your Achievements
Don't include your date of birth. If you want to give yourself a (fighting) chance, then don't reveal your age. Recruiters aren't interested in personal information, and your date of birth is the obvious detail to leave.
Don't ever think of including any personal information as well. Recruiters are more interested in the first page of your CV, so you must cite your achievements. Facts and figures should support it, as you don't want recruiters to be turned off after skimming through your CV. Space can be a problem if you're tempted to cite every single achievement in your career. Furthermore, your religious beliefs and marital status won't have any bearing at all. It might prompt some recruiters to think twice. You don't want them to react that way.
Don't date your qualifications. Your qualifications don't have an expiring date. It's not renewable as well. It's an achievement, which can work in your favour if it's related to the skills that are specified in the ad. If you think that it won't catch the recruiter's attention, then think again. There's a possibility that some recruiters won't be too interested in what you have included in the second page (of your CV).
Your school may not be a factor at all. Oxford and Cambridge may ring a bell. Academic achievement should put in a favourable light. You may not have the skills that are specified in the ad, though.
You must summarise your early career. If you happen to be an applicant with a ten-year work experience (or more than a decade), then don't think that recruiters would be impressed at it. Some may be polite to think that you have a diverse (working) experience, but they rather not call you (for an interview). The worst scenario could be recruiters looking to the next applicant after skimming through the first page of your CV in fifteen seconds or a little less. If you're having trouble on summarising it, then look at the (sport) feature of athletes who announce their retirement. These writers would be selective about the athlete's achievement, which some fans may disagree at. They want to put that (sport) figure on good light, also make an attempt to immortalise him (or her). In that regard, certain milestones support it.
Ask yourself what it takes you to do the job. This can take you several minutes, if not half an hour at the most. A longer time may be better, as this can help you make a short list of what makes you stand out (as a professional). When you figure this out, then align it to the skills that recruiters are looking for. Not all recruiters are looking for the same set of qualification, so read the ad carefully. Take a look at the company websites. Imagine what you can bring to the table, which employees of that firm may not have thought of.
Don't try too hard. Stick to your facts and figures, which should prompt recruiters to look at you differently (after they see your achievements). Keep it short. Make it believable. (If you're applying for a writing position, if not a position where writing is one of the tasks, then some recruiters won't be convinced of your ability to pen sixty blogs per month.) Think of your soft skills, two or three in particular, which enable you to do the job well.
Your Job Is Not Done Yet
Look at your CV a number of times, as it must be two pages long. It should highlight your finest moments, which can be transferable. You may require to look at it again (and again), which is fine. You want to be called (for a job interview). You can think about other things later.
If you’re called for an interview, then you must look like a young professional who has still that hunger to work hard. It should require a long sleep for a few days, also jogging (or brisk walking) in a park nearest to where you live. You won’t get many chances, so do your best. Think positive. And you must believe in yourself.