Joyce Lain Kennedy

Do graduation years on resume date you?

DEAR JOYCE: At 58, should my resume include the years I graduated from school, which is another way of stating my age? -- J.M.

The classic choice is to make your resume age-neutral by omitting graduation dates. The contrarian answer is to stop kidding yourself and realize that a lack of dates is a clear clue to your age.

On balance, I'd go with the classic answer. When you want to split the difference, begin your cover note with a no-dates resume with this type of sentiment:

"Unless you prefer youth and inexperience over age and wisdom, my strong qualifications make me the perfect match for your (xyz) position."

DEAR JOYCE: I have tried hard to stay...

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