Tips To Land A Job For Minnesotan’s Over 45
Even though we are at a very low unemployment rate in our country right now, those people that are over 45 and highly qualified employees are the ones that are getting the short end of the deal. Because of companies downsizing and cutting back on higher salaries, these highly qualified reliable people are in the marketplace the longest, looking for new jobs. Here are some tips for to get back into the job market and land the job you've been hoping for.
CUT YEARS OFF OF YOUR RESUME
Seriously, I used to think it was a positive thing to say that I have over 30 years experience in broadcasting. When in fact, it is not. No matter what your age is, only put relevant information on your resume, for the job you are applying for. Managers don't want to wade through years of employment. If there IS some important information that is relevant, but happened a long time ago, just state the experience; leave off the date.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AVAILABLE RESOURCES
There are many organizations that can help the older work force find employment. AARP & SCORE; if you're not OLD ENOUGH to use those services, google "older workforce." There are many organizations that exist specifically to help the older work force, who typically is more reliable and dedicated than their younger counterparts, who change jobs often while looking for the perfect career.
KEEP THINGS TO YOURSELF
Just like you should delete the older experience from your resume, you should refrain from talking about your 20-30 years experience in your interview. Don't date yourself. Don't talk about being a Grandparent, grand kids, your older children, your health. It all dates you. It's illegal for people to ask about your age, however, they will try to sneak it in. Avoid stating your age, year of graduation. It's NOT okay for them to ask, even in the most casual way. Age can and will be used against you.
If you are still rocking a mullet from the 80's...Get an update. Update your wardrobe, glasses, shoes, handbag...jewelry. Be dressed for success. You don't have to spend a fortune, but you NEED an UPDATE. Shoulder pads say OLD! Frumpy says OLD! Get in step with business fashion.
UPDATE YOUR TECHNICAL SKILLS
Instead of ignoring today's technology,get busy with it. Ignoring technology will get you nowhere in today's business market. It's important that you know it...More than likely, you'll be using it in your new job. How do you catch up? take a night class, sit down with your kids and ask for some serious help. Get comfortable with it. Don't forget social media, like Twitter and Facebook. Know what Instagram and Pinterest is. Know PowerPoint, Excel, HTML, In Design, Word.
PUT FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS
In your interview, it's important to list things that are going to be important to the job. Past promotions, maturity, longevity, reliability. It may be important for them to know that you are planning on staying in the area, and are level headed, consistent, and wise.
BECOME A CONSULTANT
Many companies hire freelance consultants. Find your area of expertise, and offer up your services if you are so inclined.
WORK PART TIME OR VOLUNTEER
So many benefits! What can I say. It's a great way to stay in the workforce, a great way to network, and a great way to hone your skills.
FOR MORE TIPS
For more great tips to help land the job you are looking for, click HERE.