Q: I'm 58 and medically retired from state service in 2001. After 33 yrs of working in an office as an executive secretary, administrative assistant, legal secretary and division training coordinator, I wanted to try a different career path.
I got into merchandising and for the last 5 years was a caregiver. I now want to re-enter an office environment but seem to be getting nowhere. I'm taking online courses for current computer software programs but don't think employers see past my age (it's easy enough to figure out) and my job history since state retirement. Help!
A: As you stated, a résumé format that lists your work history does make it is easy for employers to get an idea of your general age. More importantly, you could be screened out because you are over-qualified, based on the types of administrative positions you have held.
You need to change your résumé. I would suggest that you use the "functional résumé" format, which focuses on your skills and abilities rather than a chronological employment history.
The following resources should be helpful in creating a functional résumé:
How to Write a Functional Résumé
Sample Functional Résumé Format