At a recent networking meeting we had a lively discussion about whether job searchers should include on their résumé the year they graduated from college. The group was pretty much split down the middle. It was an important question as all the attendees were over 45.
I would like to share some points from both sides of the issue and leave it for you to decide.
Reasons for putting your graduation year: The number one reason was transparency and honesty. By including your graduation year, you are showing how open and honest you are. You don’t fear age bias and you rely on your skills and experience to prove you are qualified for the position.
By leaving your graduation date off the résumé, you are actually calling attention to it. When the rest of the résumé contains your employment dates and your education lacks dates, there is something about it that looks odd. The reader will wonder if the applicant is too old or too young for the position.
The available technology makes it easy for anyone reading your résumé to find out how old you are.
The interviewer won’t be happy to learn they have been fooled when a person who is older than expected arrives for the interview. It leaves a bad impression when they feel they have been deceived.
Reasons against putting your graduation year: The number one reason was fighting age bias. People can be immediately disqualified for a position when the reader figures out how old the candidate is.
Along with age comes price. The older candidates cost more. This will prevent you from becoming a candidate for the position.
At , G.P.A is irrelevant and so are your major and graduation date. You have proven your capabilities by listing your experience.
The applicant just needs a chance at an interview to be able to prove their worth and dispel any misconceptions the interviewer has about older workers.
What I think: I think people should their graduation date. It creates an open and honest resume. You are how old you are. Highlight recent courses you have taken to show you are interested in learning new things. Show your accomplishments and achievements with numbers to prove how you are an excellent candidate.
So just what did we decide? Well, it ended civilly when it was declared we agreed to disagree.
What do you say? Where do you stand on this matter? Please share your thoughts on either side.
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