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Getting the Measure of Yourself

There are a lot of tools out there to help your job search

It’s a very competitive job market out there – even more so for the 50+ job seeker. But don’t despair. There are many, many tools & techniques to help you along the way.

Most job searches start with a resume. OK. How do you make your resume sing? How can your resume put you in the most positive light? Many resume experts advise to use “action verbs” in describing yourself and especially your past accomplishments.

If you’re not familiar with what action verbs are, or if you’re not sure which ones are best for you, there is help. First, a simple Google search for “action verbs for resumes” yielded nearly one million responses. One of the leading postings was from our friends at which offers 185 action verbs that you can use.

After your resume, in 2021, LinkedIn may be your most important job search tool. To shine as brightly as you can on LinkedIn and to enhance the possibility of recruiters and hiring managers finding you, a top-notch profile is essential.

If you’re not sure how dynamic your profile is, LinkedIn provides a profile strength meter. To access this tool, follow these steps:

• Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.

• Select View profile.

• Below your top card information, move your cursor over the meter to see which steps you’ve completed.

• Click the Dropdown icon in the upper right corner of the meter to discover more information about the next profile strength completion step.

• Follow the prompts to complete any of the steps listed.

The good news is that there are volumes of help out there. You just need to know where to look.


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