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Never Include This Number in Your Cover Letter

Time after time, I've mentioned the importance of quantifying your accomplishments in your resume and cover letter. It's a tip that applies no matter the job or level of position, but there's one particular time you should steer clear of including a number in your cover letter — when you're talking about your age.

I've seen countless cover letters that include a line that goes something like this: "I'm a 26-year old who's a perfect fit . . . ". While you might see your age as an asset, the employer may not. In fact, they don't want to know how old you are and some may even discard your application because of the fact that you mentioned your age; it has nothing to do with your ability to do the job. If you're proud of how many years you have under your belt, keep it to yourself during a job search. It can only damage your efforts.

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foxymardy foxymardy 7 years
I do put at least my birthdate, and they would ask me my age during the interview (though they can pretty much count!). I don't think its discrimination, some employees prefer fresh graduates and some want more experienced people. I don't see whats the big deal. I guess where I live, no one really thinks about it so we just do our CVs in whatever way we want.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I would never put my age but it is surprising how many people do.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
I would never even think about putting my age on my resume.
Meike Meike 7 years
It's pretty much mandatory to include an age, your graduation dates of both your high school and college, and even your photo for professional jobs in Germany. If you ask me, it does give employers a reason to discriminate against certain candidates.
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 7 years
This wouldn't even cross my mind. I would hope they would look at my experience more than just my stats
mudnessa mudnessa 7 years
I totally understand this but being a 30 yr old who often gets asked if I want a kids menu I would feel better about including my age.
Advah Advah 7 years
I receive all the volunteers' CVs at work, and it makes me cringe how many people not only include their age but also a picture - and I'm not saying passport picture, cropped picture of them in an evening gown at a party. In a way it makes sense because CV rules are different depending on the country, and either way my colleagues don't really care because they understand the applicants are either not used to the way things work in the UK, or are just graduating/still students and are probably applying for a position like that for the very first time. But after spending so many hours (days!) working on my own CV and cov letters, it still makes me feel funny to look at other people's..
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Most of the time, my prospective employers have really wondered if I actually graduated from college in 04 because apparently I look like I'm 22 years old. I have to assure them that the date is indeed correct. I don't explicitly state my age, but yeah, I'm sure they can do the math.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
It's only obvious if you include your graduation dates in your resume. I don't include my graduation dates on my resume or in my cover letters.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Not everyone finishes in four years, not everyone starts college right after high school. Some of my friends worked full time, went to JC, and finished their BA after 6 years. I finished school in 3 (thanks AP credit)
norabora norabora 7 years
isn't it pretty obvious how old you are based on the year you graduated college? ugh. it's all balls.
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