All signs point to a future workforce that will span as many as four generations, but what can you do right now to stay competitive in a labour market that often favours youth? I asked Robynn Storey of Storyline Resumes to give her top three pieces of advice for job seekers over 50. As an experienced human resources person and LinkedIn influencer, you may be surprised at what she has to say.
Robynn’s advice to older workers:
- Don’t worry about your age, worry about how you are communicating your value. Never dumb down your resume or experience because you want to ‘fit’ into a lower-level job. Be you and don’t be humble. You are accomplished. Show it and communicate it on your resume.
- For your resume, only go into details that cover about 15 to 20 years of your history. At the end of your resume, you can list a few more jobs under an ‘early career summary’ including companies and job titles, but eliminating dates. Eliminate all dates on your education as well.
- Use your network. One of the many great things about getting older is that you have built a strong network of peers, counterparts, friends, co-workers and influencers. Don’t be afraid to ask for introductions or favours. You’ve earned it! And it is the best way to leapfrog other candidates and uncover the hidden job market.
If you’d like some direct support on your resume or LinkedIn profile from Robynn or her team you can find her on LinkedIn or you can call her at 724-832-8845.
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