Resume Problem 1: Employment gaps, including lengthy stretches of unemployment:
Solution: Only put on your resume the years you worked at each job, not the month and the year. Example: 2004 to 2009, not June 2004 to January 2009. If you were laid off in January 2009, and put this date on your resume, prospective employers will do the math and figure out you’ve been out of work for 17 months; however, if you just write the years, for all they know you could have been laid off in December 2009…5 months ago. Tons of people have been out of work that long. And, if your resume is well written with a good Look and Feel, companies will give you the benefit of the doubt and likely invite you in for an interview.
Resume Problem 2: Avoiding Age Discrimination:
Solution: Only list the last 20 years of your work experience. Beyond that, how relative is that experience? If you worked somewhere for 20+ years, you won’t be able to get around this. Also, do not list your college graduation dates unless you are in your 20’s or 30’s. Keep prospective employers in the dark about your age.