We can't ignore another post from "Fairy Jobmother" Hayley Taylor.  A 50-year-old graduate says she's been made redundant after 15 years and is now "applying for anything going" without success.  Ms Taylor's response is a bit strange.  First, she says "don't apply for just anything! apply for what you know you can achieve! "  (We have noted before that punctuation is not Ms Taylor's strong point).  This makes sense in the early days of unemployment; you go after jobs similar to the one you've been doing.  But after a while, and especially if you're sent on the Work Programme, you apply for anything you think you're qualified for.
Then the age question.  "Remove anything from the document (CV) that relates to your age, years etc, as an employer can work it out, and then be ageist."  This assumes that you are applying for jobs which require a CV, and, as we've pointed out, most of the time you are filling in an application form which requires dates.  If you do have to supply a CV you still have to put a work history as well as your education.  This 50-year-old cannot avoid giving clues to her age.

 
 
Hayley Taylor, who once worked for A4e and then became TV's Fairy Jobmother, has used her website to answer a question about someone's "personal profile" on his CV.  It reads:
"A very experienced and accomplished Customer Service professional. A natural communicator who can deal with people at all levels. Flexible, adaptable and quick to learn new skills. A reliable team worker who can take responsibility for any task. Demonstrable ability to follow instructions very well, yet able to take the initiative as required. A determined worker who can achieve targets through hard work. Looking to continue to build a career in the retail sector."
Ms Taylor says: "Well done, thats great, just watch your punctuation so that there is a continuous flow and maybe elaborate a little more."
If you spotted the irony in that reply (big punctuation mistake, it should be "that's") well done.  But what about the original profile?  It has all the cliches, which I doubt any employer takes much notice of, but you feel obliged to include them.  I largely agree with Ms Taylor about the lack of flow.  It isn't written in sentences, just detached phrases without verbs.  Perhaps the writer was trying to avoid using "I", but it would read much better as, "I am a very experienced ..." etc.  And yes, it does need elaboration with some specific examples.  A personal profile should be genuinely about you