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Updated Resume Tips For Older Workers

April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 181

Many older workers have a tough time finding jobs right now. There are many reasons for this, but I think a lot of older job searchers could benefit from learning some updated job search tips. For example, most of us older folks got our resume templates years ago, and we never really updated them. Yet, hiring managers and recruiters seem to spend less time on each document than they ever did before. How can you get you get noticed?

Recruiters And Hiring Managers Have Shorter Attention Spans Than You Think!

While recruiters say they spend five minutes on each resume, recent studies have demonstrated that they really may only spend five seconds on the majority of documents. How can you get your own document set aside in a "keeper" file for further inspection? You need to ask yourself this question if you post your document online, email it, or send it in the mail.

Think about it. Your resume is really a type of sales letter. The new rules tell us these must be formatted well, with headings and subheadings, so important information pops out.

What do decision makers want to know?

Recruiters want to know your current job title, employer, and employment period. They also look at your previous position. Some recruiters also look at your education and your name. That's what you need to concentrate on first.

An objective statement may be included, but should probably kept clean and short. Concentrate on stating about how your past education and experience make you a good fit for the job. In the old days, we used to write about what we wanted in a new job. Today, that may not be the best thing to emphasize. Employers care about what they want.You can figure out if the job is a good match later, when you actually get an interview.

Some specific jobs may require a longer resume. Typically, one or two pages is ideal. If you have held twelve jobs over the last thirty years, it may be best to concentrate on your last few positions. You can always make a note that further details will be supplied upon request especially for jobs you held long ago.

Of course, there are always exceptions in case you held an exceptional job awhile back. But you need to use your own judgement.

Today, a lot of resumes are posted online. This may be on your own website or a job search website. Key words and phrases are things that hiring managers and recruiters look for when they search for resumes. If you want a job as a CPA or registered nurse, those words need to be on your document.

Can You Do It Yourself?

If you are the do-it-yourself type, you may be able to produce an effective, clear, and eye catching document all by yourself. If not, a professional service may be a good investment.

If you do produce your own resume, be sure and put yourself in the shoes of a busy decision maker. If you were trying to fill a job, like the one you want, what would you want to see?

Are you looking for a job in a competitive job market? Find out what recruiters look for in a resume today. Also learn more about using LinkedIn to find a job.

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