The amount of unemployed men and women far outnumber the number of job openings available. For many older men and women there seems to be the trouble of having too much experience for many employers to consider them a viable candidate for a position, so many people advise that older jobseekers leave out information when applying for a job.
Normally, anyone applying for a job would be told to only put on your resume those qualifications, experiences, and attributes that are specific to the job for which one is applying. For instance, your history of working as a cashier may not be applicable if you are applying for a teaching job. Rather, the successes and work done that would apply to the world of teaching are all one needs to mention.
Similarly, those older jobseekers that have years and years of experience may want to focus on the latter part of their job history and talk only about the qualifications and experiences that are pertinent to the job one is applying for. Also, the article above (see in-text link) states that leaving out graduation dates from high school or college may also be helpful, since it would draw attention to the amount of potential experience you have rather than focus the employer more on what you can bring to their company.
For anyone looking for a job in this tough market, whittling down your qualifications to the very best of what you can bring to a specific job isn’t a bad idea. No matter if your job history is short or lengthy, by highlighting your best qualifications, experiences, and achievements that are fitting with the job you are applying for, you make yourself look better to an employer.