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Are You Worried About Being Considered Too Young For The Job?

Mar 2, 2008
If you're applying for your first job or maybe even a senior level position, how you present yourself can mean the difference between success and failure. When applying for a job, initial appearance are important, especially when it comes to your resume. Many hiring managers select just a handful of candidates to interview for a particular opening.

The best way to stand out from the crowd, regardless of age (eg: you're considered too young for a major position, rather than too old), is to deliver a flawlessly crafted, exceptionally professional resume that details your relevant skills and qualifications, while showcasing your accomplishments.

The best format for an up-and-coming young executive is a reverse-chronological format (your most recent position detailed first, followed by the next most recent, etc.) within an executive-style template.

What is an executive-style template? It's a format that delivers a powerful marketing message about your unique talents and qualifications and it does all of this in less than seven seconds. How?

The executive format generally begins with a tag line, which is the position title you want and one for which you must be qualified. Following that is a line listing your unique skills. Next, a brief summary paragraph provides a snapshot of you as a candidate. Within the paragraph should be your most stellar and recent accomplishment (as it relates to your current job search) and it must be quantified with dollar figures or percentages and time periods.

An example for a young banker:


Mergers & Acquisitions ~ Wealth Management ~ Investment Strategies ~ Marketing Plans

Results-driven, multilingual professional with a solid industry background for such notable firms as Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Consistently works 15+ hour days, while thriving in fast-paced environments. Recent achievement includes retaining $20 million in funds by assisting in wealth management for corporate executives nationwide while at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Continues to foster business connections with executives in Mexico and Portugal. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The above is succinct, powerful, and professional. It emphases employment history, major companies worked for, and a stellar achievement.

One last note: Unless your academic history is germane to your professional career (eg: you're in a career transition and studying for the new field), it's best not to unduly showcase this information. It will label you as a student or an entry-level candidate rather than a seasoned professional.

By presenting your resume in an executive format, you give the appearance of being older and more experienced. Many hiring managers use the resume as the first step towards sifting through dozens or even hundreds of applicants.

Of course, you shouldn't plan on using the executive format alone. You will also need to think through your experiences and be able to articulate their value to the company when you interview. Make sure that you discuss your experience in the context of the open position.

Hiring managers look for individuals who can show knowledge, skills, and experience. Use the executive resume format to get in the door. Rehearse for your interview and you will shine!
About the Author
Michael Fleischner is the Managing Director of ResumeEdge.com and has edited more than ten thousand resumes. ResumeEdge.com provides resume writing, sample resumes, and executive resume writing. Receive free resume writing advice at http://resumeedge.blogspot.com
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