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Something Old, Something New

There are advantages and disadvantages

➔ We’re sure that you know many people who just can’t wait to try out the latest and greatest – whether it’s some new technology or the latest restaurant. They absolutely, positively have to be among the first to try it. And there’s not necessarily anything wrong with that.

Some employers operate that way when choosing new hires. They must hire a “social media coordinator.” Unfortunately they only do that because it sounds cool or chic, or makes them look like they are at the cutting edge of… whatever.

Something borrowed, something blue

Maybe it’s time we borrowed some trusted old phrases. “Slow and steady wins the race.” “Tried and true is best in the long run.” “Back to basics.” “Been around the block.”

As an older job seeker, you should be able to identify with some of those phrases. Such as, winning the race is more important than how fast you run. Or, go with what has worked before. Or, a sports analogy: fundamentals, you must do your blocking and tackling. Or, your prospective employer needs to know that you’ve done that before and can do it again.

That’s how older job candidates can leap frog ahead of the young, untested, unproven, etc. Your objective is to convince your interviewer that jumping on the newest, flashiest bandwagon going down the street may not be the best choice for the enterprise.

You may have heard before that you can’t teach experience. And experience is your strongest ally. It’s unimpeachable.

As you prepare for your job search (in general) and your resume or an interview (in particular) remember that you must lead with your chin. Go with your strong suite. And that is your experience and that is what will separate you from all the other candidates.


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