Dear Sam® by Samantha Nolan

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Dear Sam: My husband is just retiring from the military after more than 20 years. He has never written a resume before and we were wondering if he should include his years of experience within the resume. If he were to put more than 20 years of experience in aviation, would an employer think he was old (which he’s not) and not consider him for a position? – Debbie Dear Debbie: Great question. First, if he were to omit all dates from his resume then assumptions would be far worse than reality. The key would be to decide how much of his 20-year career to include. If he is pursuing more senior-level roles then… Continue reading →

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Samantha Nolan is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer and owner of Ladybug Design, a full-service résumé-writing firm. Do you have a résumé or job search question for Dear Sam? Reach Samantha at For more about Sam’s résumé writing services, visit or call 614-570-3442 or 1-888-9-LADYBUG (1-888-952-3928).

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