Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Based on your various experiences, you'll want to develop a functional resume that calls out your strengths. You'll want to identify at the top "who you are" - such as Health and Safety Leader and what your knowledge, skills, and abilities are. You need to blend your experiences and education together. What you learned fighting fires and in HR are still applicable skills (don't discount them). When it comes to education, you shouldn't list graduation dates as employers might guess your age and potentially discriminate. I think you have a prime opportunity to sell your collective experiences and education. Age should not be a factor at all - and you shouldn't worry about it.