10 Tips for Job Seekers Over 50

By on April 15, 2015
10 tips for job seekers over 50

By Helen Evans –

In a competitive job market, job seekers of all ages are facing fierce competition. What does this mean for job seekers over the age of 50? It means you have to be at the top of your game to stand out in the crowd. When searching for jobs  JobTonic, keep these 10 tips in mind.

1.  Keep Your LinkedIn Work History Relevant

Recruiters want to see your most recent work experience, so limit your work history on LinkedIn to the last 15 years. This goes for both your resume and your profile. Make sure that your employment dates are included.

2.  Leave Out Your Education Dates

When creating your LinkedIn profile and your resume, leave out the education dates – especially those that the pre-date 2000s. Your profile and resume may be overlooked by companies who want no more than 15 years of experience.

3.  Decide if Early Career Experience Should Be Included

What if your early career gave you valuable experience or impressive achievements? If you want to include these on your resume and LinkedIn profile, consider dividing your resume into two sections. Anything that pre-dates the 2000s should be included in an “early career” section. Again, don’t include the dates of employment. Instead, state how much time you spent with each employer (i.e. 3 years instead of the actual dates).

4.  Highlight Your Career Brand in Your Profile and Resume Summary

Don’t forget to include your career brand in the summary of your profile or resume. And make sure it stands out in the crowd. If you’re using the same descriptors, phrases and facts that most of the other candidates are using, you probably won’t make an impression.

5.  Focus on Your Bottom-Line Impacts

One thing that job seekers over 50 bring to table is experience. They also bring achievements. Focus on the depth of your experience and what you were able to accomplish for your employers in terms of sales, profitability, efficiency or productivity. In doing so, you prove your worth automatically.

6.  Ask Your Reference to Note Your Ability to Learn and Communicate

Make sure that at least some of your references make note of your ability to learn new things and communicate with a variety of people. Make sure that these references are prepared to share examples of how you had to learn something new quickly – particularly if it relates to new technologies.

7.  Be Prepared To Be Interviewed by Someone Younger Than You

There’s a good chance that you’ll be interviewed and/or supervised by individuals who are younger than you. You can prepare for this by practicing interview techniques with a person who is younger than you and has a different style of communication.

8.  Take Advantage of Social Media

All job seekers should be taking advantage of social media to network and find new job opportunities. You don’t have to be active on every social network, but you should be active on at least two. Twitter and LinkedIn will likely be the most beneficial.

9.  Update Your LinkedIn Photo

It’s worth it to invest in a professional headshot for your LinkedIn profile. Remember, you only get one opportunity to make a good first impression.

10.  Position Yourself as a Thought Leader

The older you get, the more experience you have in the field. And this gives you the advantage of being able to position yourself as a thought leader, which can boost your personal brand.

 

My name is Helen Evans and I’m writing about Job/Work/Career. I like to share interesting tips to help people find their dream job. My goal is to hit over what I have learned about searching job.

As a marketing manager of an employment website Jobtonic.in, which aims to help people find latest job offers all over India, I have been in the career development field for 5 years.

Our site URL http://www.jobtonic.in/

 

 

 

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10 Tips for Job Seekers Over 50