Please check out this fantastic article by with our president, Matt Warzel, as a contributor – Resume Tips for Retirees

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For those looking to reenter the workforce after some time in retirement, putting together a resume can sometimes seem daunting. How much experience do you show? How do you make your resume shine in a 20-something recruiter’s eyes when yourΒ work historyΒ is longer than their life history? What do you even say to explain why you want to return to work?

These resume tips for retirees from employment experts will help you attract a recruiter’s attention and put your valuable experience front and center.

My take:

Tips for Writing an Effective Resume

To write an effective resume, you need to understand that submission will first be reviewed by an applicant tracking system. Even some of the smallest companies use applicant tracking systems that scan resumes for keywords and phrases. Be cognizant of that when writing your resume.

Where do you find those special words and phrases? Right in the job posting. β€œThe key to standing out among the competition,” says Matthew Warzel, president of the resume-writing firmΒ MJW Careers LLC, is to have optimized keywords, quantifiable content, and a format or layout that adheres to ATS mandates.” And make sure the layout is logical. It should look like:

  • Contact information with no physical address. Just name, email, phone, city, state.
  • Summary section that emphasizes key skills, buzzwords, key contributions. Three to five sentences in one paragraph that captures the best of what you have to offer. (Your elevator pitch).
  • Accomplishments section where you briefly mention specific accomplishments, e.g., increased sales by 20% in 10 months using XYZ method.
  • Key skills section that lists your technical aptitude.
  • Experience section where you can emphasize transferrable skills.
  • Previous work history section where you can list jobs prior to 2010. Just list the job title, company, and location. No dates.
  • Education with no graduation date, only degrees or certifications earned, city, and state.
  • Professional certifications section, again, no dates. Just certifying body and certificate earned.
  • Professional affiliations.
  • Volunteerism section. This not only shows your community spirit, which is important in today’s recruiting world but also gives you a place to show other transferrable skills learned.

Read the article here:

Also, I authored an article to help senior job seekers, “10 Quick & Easy Ways to Age-Proof Your Resume for the 2023-2024 Hiring Season (Slideshow + Examples)”:

And ageism sucks! My TikTok will tell ya!


Let’s be honest, ageism exists and it sucks. People with a ton of experience and ever more wisdom face the harsh realities that some companies will want to hire younger. And cheaper. However, understand that it’s the interview that can dictate your outcome. In the interview room, you can take control. You can grab them by the arms (not physically of course) and shake their belief in you as a viable candidate. As someone that can demonstrate value and not only be a solid fit for the role but someone they should’ve hired yesterday. An interview room is your last stand in proving just how well you’ll gel with them. Be one of the team members, and a liked one at that. An interview room is your one hour to let fate take its natural course, but not without a little push in the right direction. The tricky part for an accomplished jobseeker? Getting into that room. Red flags are a real thing. Recruiters do have an β€œeye” they use in 6 seconds to see if they should keep reading. So do yourself a favor, eliminate (or reduce) those red flags and get yourself into that interview room! Here are some examples to help alleviate the resume’s red flags and concerns of being an older job seeker: #AgeismInHiring #ExperienceMatters #ProveYourValue #InterviewPower #OvercomeRedFlags #WiserNotOlder #InterviewSuccess #SkillsOverAge #AgeDiversity #DefyingStereotypes #ShowcaseExperience #AgeShouldntDefineMe #ageism #hiring #interview #resumewriting #resumewriter

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