How Long Should My Resume Be for a Mature Age Job Seeker?

Usually, a resume is a two to three page document that includes education history, work history, prior experience, relevant skills and anything else that shows the company that the applicant is their best bet. Another name for resume is curriculum vitae or CV, which was conventionally used in applying for a job in the academe. Applicants don’t need to just include paid work in your resume. It can include personal qualities, skills and abilities they have developed from community involvement, volunteer activities and hobbies.

Resume writing considerations

Resume writing considerations

These are the things that are not always needed, but may be good to give a company more of an idea what the applicant has to offer and who they are. This part of the resume gives a general statement or a big-picture that characterises what strengths and abilities the applicant can offer and what work they do. When writing an overview of your personal qualities, skills and prior experience, present it in a short paragraph or bullet point form.

The applicant’s first and last name, phone number (both home and mobile), email address and home address are usually indicated in the document header. The most present education should be written first. The significant certificates, university degrees and diplomas, short training courses, licenses, workshops and other types of certifications and trainings should also be indicated. 

Since prior experience is an advantage of mature age job seekers, work history should be indicated in the resume. The job history should be described in full and should be somewhat relevant to the skills required in the industry that they are applying to. All marketable strengths and skills, any volunteer work and skills gained in other areas of their life are also important. In case a lot of skills are associated with each other, it should be organised under sub-headings like: mechanical, computer and interpersonal. The work history should be organised as follows: Job, role, what they were required to do during the job and what they did and how they did it. The applicants should also describe what occurred as an outcome of the action they took and perhaps things that they learned from their previous jobs.

In order for the employer to have a clearer picture of the applicants, listing hobbies could be a big help. This will possibly refer to their interests at the start of interviews. Community activities or hobbies can indicate that the applicant is creative, has initiative and shows organisational ability and communication skills. These are particularly valuable to most jobs that they are going for. Mature age applicants may want to make it easy for the company to read their resumes quickly, so maintain the focus on what is most significant to the job that they are targeting. Resumes with two to three pages are common, but a single page is usually enough.

Written by Matt Tutty, from Resumes To You 

Resumes To You are a leading Resume service with a strong commitment to assisting Mature Job Seekers.

1 thought on “How Long Should My Resume Be for a Mature Age Job Seeker?

  1. There seems – or at least there seemed – to be, even within the English-speaking world, a good deal of variation from country to country in the matter of CV details. Years ago I worked in a branch of the federal immigration department (it’s called something else now); and I noticed that when we got Americans seeking permanent residence in Australia – having obtained offers from Aussie employers – anything to do with their applications would be littered with what most Australians would regard as irrelevant tosh.

    I mean, they would mention the names of their spouses, children, and even dogs. As if such proto-Oprah-style confessionalism was likely to impress anyone outside the States.

    This was a total contrast with would-be immigrants from Britain. They tended overwhelmingly to be “strictly business” in the details they gave of their career experience and indeed of their personal lives.

    Again and again I have been told that a good CV should fit onto three pages, that four pages is pushing the envelope (often literally), and that anything above four pages should perhaps be saved for when Hollywood wishes to make the story of your life. Still appears a fairly sound rule of thumb to me.

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