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The space between: How applicants age themselves

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Do you type two spaces after a period? If so, your résumé may be destined for the wastebasket. According to career counselor Marc Miller, adding that extra space is a résumé mistake that brands an applicant as Too Old.

”I am going to go out a limb and declare that putting two spaces after a period is obsolete,” Miller wrote in a LinkedIn article. “It is how most of us were taught to type on a typewriter. Therefore, most of us who do this … are over 50 years of age.”

Other résumé flubs that may flag older candidates: including a mailing address (just provide your email addy instead) and listing a home phone number (“Who under 45 years of age still has a home phone?”).

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M. Lenox November 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm

I am a paralegal under age 50. I have never and will never place only one space after a period or colon in legal documents. Proper punctuation is not indicative of age but rather a command of and respect for the English language in written form.

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