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Resumes for Every Generation

This past week I attended a presentation about Baby Boomers, Generation X-ers, and Millennials learning to communicate and work well together in the professional world.  The speaker provided great tips for understanding each generation and how to effectively use their strengths to the best advantage.  While the presentation focused on helping everyone work well together, I couldn’t help but think about the ramifications of what she was saying for those out in the job market today.

Let’s start with Baby Boomers, those born between 1946-1964.  Baby Boomers have generally been in the workplace for several decades and possess knowledge and experience.  Writing a resume for a Boomer often entails trying to pare the candidate’s experience down to only the most important elements.  However, Boomers also need to be particularly careful to include on their resumes any technological competencies they possess.  For those in the position of competing with Millennials when they apply for jobs, it’s particularly important to show that they can work quickly and efficiently.

Generation X defines those who were born between 1965 and 1979.  Gen X-ers are in their 30s and 40s and often have significant work experience.  A Gen X-er preparing his resume should pay particular attention to quantifying his achievements with numbers and statistics.  Many members of this generation have managed others or have been responsible for various financial results; so putting a number to those results helps to truly define you as a candidate.

Millennials are those who were born between 1980 and 2010.  Employers generally assume that Millennials grasp technology or will be able to learn new software programs quickly.  However, Millennials too often lack the all-important “soft skills” of intelligent and effective communication and socially acceptable personal presentation that some employers still value so much.  Therefore, for those who are in their 20s and are trying to enter into or move around in the workforce, it’s particularly important that both your resume and your interview reflect your ability to communicate personably and effectively.

With one in 10 Americans currently looking for full-time work, all three generations are competing against one another for available jobs.  It’s helpful to understand the assumptions a member of another generation might make about you as a candidate so that you can present your resume and yourself in a way that speaks to those concerns.

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, speaker and President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast. She creates high-impact, best-in-class, resumes and cover letters that transform job searches into interviews and ultimately job offers. For more information about professional resume writing or to read more career and job search related articles visit or call 1.800.991.5187.


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A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter. Leveraging more than ten years’ experience directing hiring practices for Fortune 500 companies, Jessica's innovative and brand-driven resume development strategies have secured a 99.6% interview-winning success rate for her clients. As a global resume authority and trusted media source, Jessica has been featured and quoted numerous times throughout, The Chicago Tribune,, Local Job Network Radio, International Business Times, and more.
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  1. January 22nd, 2013 at 12:08 | #1

    good info for GEN-X thank you

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