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8 Invaluable Resume Tips for Retirees

- March 3, 2016

For one reason or another, taking it easy after retirement wasn’t the right path for you. Maybe you missed the structure of the workplace. Perhaps your savings didn’t stretch the way you hoped. Or maybe you just got bored. Whatever the reason, you’re stepping back onto the job market.

To make sure you don’t feel overwhelmed by the changes that have occurred within the professional sphere since you last looked for work, here are a few resume tips that can support your success with this process.

Use Microsoft Word

If we’re preaching to the choir here, move forward to the next point. On the other hand, pay close attention if you have never submitted a resume online. You won’t be submitting your resume by mail; instead, you’ll create a document in Microsoft Word and submit it to your employers as an email attachment. You will likely upload your file to a company website as well. You’ll need to make sure your file looks as professional on the screen as it does on paper. Format your document carefully, and get some help if you need to. You can start with a pre-existing template provided by a user-friendly site like MyPerfectResume.

Break your document into subheadings

Your resume should contain at least these four subheadings: Summary, Education, Work Experience, and Skills. You can add optional headings if you like (for example, “Publications,” “Certifications,” or “Independent Projects”), but these four should appear no matter what.

Keep your summary short and clear

You’ve had a long and storied career history. You probably also have a diverse list of skills to offer. But in your summary, you must find a succinct way to tell your story. Focus on the details that will matter most to your target audience.

Include your expectations

No matter your target industry, your employers are going to have one important question for you: Why are you doing this? Why do you want to come out of retirement? You don’t have to share personal details, but you should know this question is coming. It’s important to have  a response in mind.

Make the most of your work experience section

Under your work experience subheading, you must explain why you would be an asset to the company.. As you list your past positions, emphasize your key accomplishments in these roles. Use the space on the page to discuss the last 10 to 15 years of your career; skim over (or omit) positions that you held earlier than this.

Remove phrases and dates that draw attention to your age

At this stage in your career, there’s no need to list your college graduation date or the exact start and end dates of your earlier positions. Simply remove them. While you’re at it, examine your vocabulary and delete phrases that reference obsolete business practices or technologies. Demonstrate that you have no reservations about stepping into a modern workplace.

Focus on transferrable skills

You’ve been out of the game, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have what it takes to hit a home run at a new job. Contemplate the adventures you’ve embarked upon since retiring—be it further education, volunteering, training, a new sport, or what have you—and note the talents you mastered in these realms. Read the job description carefully, and see if any of the skills you acquired are relevant to the position.

Motivate yourself daily

As bored as you may be, getting back into the swing of job application can be stressful. Don’t give up! Find reasons to leave your home every day. Keep your mind active by reading, solving puzzles, spending time with your young family members, and challenging yourself in creative ways. Reach out to friends in the workforce, and seek advice. No matter what, remember that you bring a history of wonderful work to the table and any company would be lucky to have you.

For more on how to land a great job at any age, explore the tools and resources at My PerfectResume.

 

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One response to “8 Invaluable Resume Tips for Retirees”

  1. Edward says:

    Some good points but here is the problem that I ran into: A lot of websites require you to put in dates and will just plain hang up and will not go any further with the process (aka linkedin). So some times you can jam everything into the summary. There are websites that will allow you to upload a resume in lieu of filling out on line.

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