BOSTON (CBS) – Finding a job is tough, so marketing yourself successfully on a resume has never been more important.
Many workers now have long stretches of unemployment to explain. Honesty remains the best policy. Seventy percent of recruiters say they’ve caught a lie on a resume.
Job consultant Daniel Greenberg says if you’ve been laid off or if you’re not currently employed, the best way to cover that up is to actually do consulting for other companies so you can claim that you’re working while you are looking for another job.
WBZ-TV’s Paula Ebben reports
Workers over 50 years old can have even more challenge when it comes to standing out.
Greenberg says eliminate the years you went to college or graduate school on your resume, so that someone can’t pinpoint your age.
If you were fired, and not laid off, Greenberg’s advice is to wait until you’re asked. The purpose of your resume is to get the job interview.
Keep in mind, employers rarely spend more than 30 seconds looking at a resume so you want to make sure your resume has all the relevant key words that will catch the eye of a recruiter or hiring manager.
Other common mistakes to avoid: make sure to find and fix any basic spelling errors or bad grammar.