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3 Things You Need To Know About Being Overqualified

by Ariella Coombs and Jenna Arcand at

As a seasoned professional, being labeled as "overqualified" is frustrating. You have the experience, so why don't employers value it?

    Let's face it: today's job search is much different than it was 20 years ago.

    Here are a few things you need to know about getting a job when you're tagged as "overqualified."

Tips to Share With Senior Job Searchers

During COVID-19

by Chris Clow at

As the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to be felt by Americans, the process that members of the baby boomer generation go through to try and find work has been complicated by the ongoing effects of the virus.

    To that end, there are some tips that older workers can try to potentially make a difference in their current job searches, including communicating an eagerness to learn; providing specific details about any technical skills; and remembering that the nature of the employer matters very much in a job search.

How to Make the Most of a Career Break

by Lakshmi Hutchinson at

There are a lot of reasons why you may need to step away from your career for a while. Becoming a parent, looking after a relative, or dealing with health issues can all lead you to need a break from work.

    When you first decide to step away from the office, you may worry about what awaits you when you’re ready to return. And while the uncertainty may feel a bit overwhelming, there are ways to use a career break to your advantage.

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How To Use LinkedIn To Meet Recruiters

by Robin Ryan at

I have been writing 4-5 LinkedIn profiles a week lately and I have noticed a pattern. No one knows about this technique that is most effective in meeting recruiters. I have been advising my career counseling clients to try this job search strategy and it is opening doors and allowing for more positive interviews. The strategy is that you need to meet recruiters and hiring managers and they need to meet and be impressed by you.

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Adding a new layer of adversity for older job seekers

For years job-search experts have been going on about how looking for a job is so vastly different than it was decades ago. And they’re right.

    If you’re over 50 and haven’t looked for a job in more than 20 years, you’ll probably learn very quickly just how much things have changed for job seekers. What worked so very well when you left school is so out-moded that it’s almost laughable.

    Except that looking for a job past age 50 is nothing to laugh at.

    Now just as you might be getting accustomed to using a recent tool like LinkedIn, here comes the Covid-19 mess. Now what are you supposed to do?

    We believe that most recruiters believe that LinkedIn is now more important than ever. With limited in-person networking opportunities, online connections such as LinkedIn take on an elevated status.

    Here’s an interesting take. Most job seekers early will develop a list of target companies. In today’s job search environment, doesn’t it make sense to follow those companies on LinkedIn as soon as you target them? You can put yourself in a position to learn a lot about those companies well before you even get to the point of approaching them for employment.

    What’s more, even if it’s not a company on your target list, but you learn of a potential opportunity there, follow that company on LinkedIn before you apply. Once again, start as early as possible to begin building a knowledge base about what could be your next employer.

    When you’re in an ever-changing environment, it pays to stay as much on top of things as possible.

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