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Old 12-06-2015, 02:25 AM
 
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I worked in security for 4 years in the late 80's. Worked 22 years as an animal control officer. Now I'm applying for casino security jobs. A job recruiter advised me not to list my security jobs in my work history. Instead, note my security experience in my resume skills section.

Here is my dilemma. These ridiculous HR software filters are denying my applications. If I do not list my security experience in my work history, the software filter concludes I have no security experience because it does not review my attached PDF resume. If I do list my security experience in my work history, the filter will raise a red flag of my age (54 yrs). My sister said go ahead and list it because if the filter is that sensitive, I've already aged myself with the 22 years at my last job. Any thoughts on listing in electronic work history or paper resume skills section. Most of the online applications do not have a space for skills to list filter keywords (security skills). Just college education and certifications.
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Old 12-06-2015, 06:29 AM
 
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I worked in security for 4 years in the late 80's. Worked 22 years as an animal control officer. Now I'm applying for casino security jobs. A job recruiter advised me not to list my security jobs in my work history. Instead, note my security experience in my resume skills section.

Here is my dilemma. These ridiculous HR software filters are denying my applications. If I do not list my security experience in my work history, the software filter concludes I have no security experience because it does not review my attached PDF resume. If I do list my security experience in my work history, the filter will raise a red flag of my age (54 yrs). My sister said go ahead and list it because if the filter is that sensitive, I've already aged myself with the 22 years at my last job. Any thoughts on listing in electronic work history or paper resume skills section. Most of the online applications do not have a space for skills to list filter keywords (security skills). Just college education and certifications.
I never put more than 10 years or so experience on a resume. Any work you did 20 years ago probably isn't relevant today, everything has changed. Even if you get past the electronic filtering I feel like it is highly unlikely you would be considered with 4 years of experience from 2 decades ago. If you want to go into security you might be better off seeing if you can get a guard card, don't exactly know what the process is but it is required for security work in a lot of states. Then you don't have experience but you do have education.
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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Casinos aren't that picky. If you're in CA, it's very easy to get a guard card.
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Old 12-08-2015, 06:16 AM
 
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I think you should put it down. There are plenty of older security guys at casinos.
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Old 12-08-2015, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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I would say to just go ahead and list the previous secruity experience that you have since this is the field you want to work in. Since you have 22 years in at your most recent role, then the interviewer isn't going to expect a person right out of college. I'm in HR and age is not a big issue for me. If age is a big deal for whoever is reviewing your resume, then you probably don't want to work for that company anyhow. I'm in my upper 40's and could care less if employers know how old or I am or not--My LinkedIn profile has my entire birthdate public so they see my birth year upfront. The ones who want someone young and malleable go and look elsewhere; the ones who want someone who is experienced and can come in without handholding tend to get in contact with me. Places that are looking for someone experienced will appreciate your experience in the security field and your skills from animal control that can transfer over.
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Old 12-09-2015, 01:36 PM
 
Location: ohio
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They can easily and quickly find out your age anyway.
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