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How to show experience on your resume when you have none

no experienceHow to Use Reverse Age Discrimination to Your Advantage

So how can a 23 year old college graduate make it look like she’s 30 years of age with 7 to 8 years of experience?

Now you can’t create something out of nothing and this technique only works if you have some type of over-lapping work experience that occurred during your high school and college years.

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If you’ve held no jobs during these years, perhaps you can list your volunteer work. Just make sure you title your Work History section as such instead of Employment History.

Remember, work is work, even if you were a volunteer.

Generally, an employer will factor your age by starting with a base of 20-22 years of age.

  • On your resume, show 4 to 8 years of your work experience from internships, volunteerism, jobs you’ve held during college and even high school
  • Omit your college graduation dates
  • 7 years of experience plus a 23 year age base equals 30 years of age

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This is enough to convince anyone who reads your resume that you’re about 30 years of age and that you have reasonable experience. You are honestly presenting accurate information about your work history to anyone who reads your resume; you just omitted your college graduation dates which is perfectly acceptable.  Remember, a resume is not a confession.

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by Don Georgevich

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