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...