While the economy is in recovery, the market is still quite tight for job seekers in certain parts of the country, even in the healthcare industry. Perhaps one of the most affected groups of job seekers are those 50 or over who aren’t quite ready for retirement, but are much closer to it than their competitors in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.
Unfortunately, while age is a protected class, age discrimination (whether intentional or subconscious) happens in the hiring market. However, there are ways to avoid potentially aging yourself out of the running for the job you want, and it starts with your resume. Here are some dos and don’ts to consider:
- Do limit your “experience” to 15-20 years. Unlike a CV, a resume does not need to be a comprehensive, detailed account of your professional and academic history. If you feel uncomfortable omitting older positions from your resume, relegate experience older than 15 years to a “More Experience” section and omit the dates. You may also want to consider a functional resume rather than a traditional, reverse chronological format.
- Don’t list the dates you earned your degrees. If a prospective employer sees that you graduated from medical school nearly 30 years ago, they may assume you are not as current as some younger applicants on the latest research, treatments, and skills germane to your field of practice.
- Do emphasize recent continuing medical education and training that demonstrates you are keeping pace with younger physicians.
- Don’t list any research, presentations, or publications on your resume if they have not taken place within the last 5-10 years. If you have a lengthy bibliography that spans more than one decade, include only your most recent publications and state on your resume or in your cover letter that your CV or an addendum with your full bibliography is available upon request.
- Do include an email address and, if you have one, a mobile phone number in your contact information.
- Do consider employing outside help to get a leg up on the competition. A service like The Doctor Job can not only help you revitalize your resume and draft a compelling cover letter—we can also help you uncover unadvertised jobs in the location and specialty of your choice.