P: Bring PRIOR experience back to life.
To make older experience appear more recent, create a section entitled “Key Accomplishments” and place it just before the “Professional Experience” section of your resume. In this section, place five to seven accomplishments that are relevant to your current career path and order them from most impressive to least impressive. You do not include dates here, but you do include the name of the company (in parentheses and at the end of the statement) where the accomplishment occurred. By doing this, you can call up relevant accomplishments that were made 20 or even 30 years ago that are still relevant to your current career path. This information will be seen first and could make the difference as to whether or not you get the interview. By omitting dates, you guard the fact that you may be an older candidate, however, you are able to diversify your experience by pulling out the most impressive accomplishments from throughout your career.
Highlight, but don’t repeat
Be sure not to repeat any of the accomplishments that you choose to include in the key accomplishments section. Select additional accomplishments for each position in your professional experience section of the resume. Make sure that these accomplishments are relevant to your current career goal and list them in order of importance, starting with the most important accomplishment first.
What about other elements from earlier in your career?
This strategy works well for accomplishments, but not so well for other elements, such as professional development, education, or community service. There is no advantage of including older information in these categories. When listing these details, it is better to focus on relevant data from the last 10 to 15 years.
Creating a section for key accomplishments will allow you to handpick relevant accomplishments from your career and tailor your resume to the position. This strategy is highly effective in positioning you as a viable candidate and can really propel your job search. Give it a try and see what happens.