What If Your Most Relevant Experience is Far in the Past?

Don writes:
Some of my best experience happened while working for a company from 1973 to 1987. Listing the dates of employment dates me. It seems that so many companies are looking for younger staff but still want experience. How do I get around this on a “first pass?”

The Career Doctor responds:
Even if it’s your best experience most hiring managers will consider this experience to be too dated to be of much value today. At one time I would have advised you to leave it off your resume to avoid exposure to age discrimination but in these days of background checks I have tempered that advice some. List it on your resume in a “Past Experience” section. List it in bare-bones fashion possibly without dates. Give it a bullet or two of
description but tell the reader more info is available upon request.

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