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6 Common Mistakes Older Job Seekers Make
by Kate Lopaze at journalgazette.net
Hitting the open job market as an older candidate can be rough. There's all sorts of inherent bias, as well as the challenge of finding jobs that aren't entry- or low- level, with salaries geared toward new grads who live with seven roommates. But while you can't necessarily change what's out there, you can take steps by self-correcting on a number of common errors that could be costing you opportunities.
Mistake: Not having a digital presence
For younger job seekers, using digital tools for self-promotion and building a professional presence is second nature from the start. Routine social media like LinkedIn and Twitter are extremely powerful professional tools you should be using. Personal accounts (like Facebook) are better left private but don't confuse old-school privacy with keeping a low profile. Separate, career-focused profiles can be a great asset to your job search, without you having to show your whole life to recruiters or potential employers. MORE
How Tiny Wins Can Help An Older Job Seeker Weather Rejection
by Holly Lawrence at forbes.com
When you’re looking for work after 50 and run into rejections, it’s easy to lose faith in yourself. Employers often send responses like this, which translate to failure and inadequacy: “We received applications from other highly qualified applicants whose skills are more suitable.” A suggestion: Try turning your attention to tiny wins in your daily life. MORE
Being Overqualified for a Job
Isn't as Beneficial as You May Think
by Kristen Fyfe-Mills at td.org
Overqualified job candidates put themselves at a disadvantage with hiring managers, according to research from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. While there are ways to mitigate hiring managers' perceptions, overqualified job seekers need to understand that they may be facing an uphill battle.
The research, titled "Too Good to Hire?"
Marketing Yourself as an Older Job Seeker
by Mike Taylor from The Daily News
There are many reasons a retired senior might consider a return to the workforce. Divorce, unexpected financial setbacks, sometimes plain old boredom; these and a million other whys and wherefores can land a recent retiree back on the job market.
That can be an unfamiliar place to someone who’s been “off the market” for several years. Are there tricks to landing a new job if you’re in the over-60 bracket? How can you compete with younger workers with perhaps less experience, but with a willingness to start at a lower wage? Are there ways to turn age into an asset in the eyes of a potential employer? MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
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Titles may be romantic in novels, but be careful in your job search
At this stage of your career, you’ve probably had more than a few titles. Some may be good. Some… not so good. Spare us the details.
When job seeking, however, job titles assume a greater importance. Let’s face it, they are major components of your resume. Of course, in this digital age, those same job titles will affect how you are found on LinkedIn as well.
With ever-expanding prevalence of resume-scanning software, your job title(s) may make or break your chances of moving on to the next level. For most people it’s not a problem. But in this “new age” sometimes job titles can become problematic.
If your title is Human Resources Manager, or Director of Human Resources – you’re probably pretty safe. But in vane attempts to be cool, chic, trendy, or… whatever, some companies see fit to shackle those same individuals with titles like, Chief People Officer or Grand Master of Underlings. You may sound hip and impress your friends, but the Wizard of Light Bulb Moments may be better served by being the Marketing Director. And just what is a Change Magician?
While that may be “awesome” in today’s vernacular, resume scanners don’t particularly like those kinds of titles. Just as the ATS (automated tracking system) is reading your trendy or digital-sounding title, it’s thinking “I don’t know what this means. I’m kicking it out.”
And with more than 100 resumes (if it’s an average job opening), the system can well afford to kick one resume out based on that one glitch. But, by listing your title in a more conventional manner, you’ll be that more likely to pass the ATS test and move on to the next level.
Which, of course, is what your resume should be designed to do and what helps the ATS do its job. Not to mention helping you be found on LinkedIn. Just as words matter in general discourse, so too do titles in general job search.