Historically, employers viewed sales positions as a young, single person's career
. This is largely due to the amount of travel these jobs used to require, and the idea that salespeople eventually get promoted to managers. If employers express concerns about your marital status or being too old for an entry-level sales job, prepare to counter those concerns. The first step is to create a strong resume that gives no indication of your age or married status. Don't include the year you graduated from college. It's not necessary and only draws attention to your age. Only list the past 15 years of relevant work history and craft a superb skills section that shows off your sales chops. Practice for the interview. Get good advice on what to expect and how to plan for every scenario. Be prepared for questions about age and marriage status and have your answers ready. For example, you could say, "I am older, but because of my age I understand the importance of hard work and dedication and am determined to achieve success in sales." Legally, interviewers should not ask questions about age or marriage status. Not all employers are aware of this, however. If they do bring it up, keep your answers polite and brief. You don't owe them the information but a positive response will be in your favor.