Dear Coach: I recently got caught in the reduction-in-force machinery and am forced to job hunt. If I detail my many years of employment with my last employer, I pretty much give...

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Dear Coach:

I recently got caught in the reduction-in-force machinery and am forced to job hunt.

If I detail my many years of employment with my last employer, I pretty much give away the fact that I’m no spring chicken.

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However, if I downplay my experience, I hide the diversity and skills that could get me a good job.

Is it possible to be all-inclusive about my background without telegraphing my age?


Carol Kleiman:


There is no need to include everything you’ve done every day of your working life.

Only the last 10 years are relevant. Mention only the accomplishments that pertain to the job you want, nothing else, and include the skills involved in them.


Dear Coach:

My husband has 25 years of experience and was interviewed for a position that seemed a perfect fit — until he was asked about his college degree. He doesn’t have one.

And that was the end. Is it common for a major company to insist on a college degree and disregard job experience?


CK:

Requiring a college degree for a managerial job is pretty standard.

Hopefully, he’ll be able to find a job where his skills and experience will outweigh the education requirement.

But it’s still not too late for him to get that degree.


Dear Coach:


I keep getting applications from a man who applies for jobs that are not open.

He is very persistent, even though he doesn’t have a clue. Some of the people here feel as if they’re being harassed, but I feel sorry for him.

I want to tell him about job hunting and résumé books. Do I tell him we are not interested in him?


CK:

What a caring person you are! Most applicants like the one you describe are discarded and forgotten, but I think it would be a true act of compassion to call him in, talk to him and try to help him find a job — somewhere else.

That way you will have helped him and eased your conscience.

E-mail questions to Carol Kleiman at ckleiman@tribune.com. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News.