Just as your resume needed to be carefully crafted when you applied for your first job, drafting a resume after you have retired should be done with similar care. Your resume should emphasize your skills and experience, but should usually be limited to only those that are applicable to the job you're applying for – without emphasizing your age.
Do Your Research
Whether you're applying to work as a short-order cook at the corner deli or as an engineering consultant for a Fortune 500 company, do your research on the company and the position before drafting your resume. You need to explain succinctly how your skills and experience qualify you for this specific position and the company as a whole. For example, if you know that deli is open until midnight, including the fact that you enjoy working nights could boost your chances.
Explain Your Goals
Explain to the employer why you are applying for the position in the first paragraph of your resume, with the "Objective" title. If you are changing careers or looking to work part-time to keep yourself busy each day, explain how this job will help you meet your objectives.
Emphasize the Relevant
The purpose of a resume is to show how your skills and experience can be useful in the position you want. You may have been a great cashier in 1982, but unless it's relevant to the job you're applying for today, leave it out of your resume. Think about every position you have had and write down the specific skills you acquired that will help you in the new job. If you are applying for a supervisory role, for example, any management experience you've had could be useful, even if it was in a different industry.
Mind Your Years
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against job applicants who are 40 or over. That doesn't mean, however, that a hiring manager won't decide that a younger person's resume is more relevant for the job than yours. Unless the job is specifically looking for someone who is older, limit the dates on your resume to the past 10 to 15 years. If that job you had as a cashier in 1982 is appropriate for the job you want, include it in a separate section headed "Additional Experience," and include the number of years you worked.
Similarly, there's no reason to list the year you attained your college degree. Include your degree and the institution you attended, but feel free to leave out the year you graduated.
Keywords are a vital ingredient in any great resume today. Just as you enter keywords in a search engine, hiring managers use keywords to find the resumes they want to see first.
Make sure your resume contains keywords that pertain to the position you want. If you are responding to a job ad, use the same words that appear in the ad. If the ad isn't posted and you're not sure what keywords to use, look at similar ads in the same industry.
For example, if a sales position requires experience in "cold calls" and "Microsoft Excel," your resume should contain these keywords.