Were you born between 1946-1964 and referred to as a Baby Boomer? If so, you may be feeling the noose tightening around your neck as your career and window of employment is looking bleak. Although you aren’t ready to retire and you have a lot to offer, employers may be thinking differently. So how do you attract recruiters and employers without being seen as being “over the hill”? A good start is with your resume and keeping your skills and experience current. Here is an article that lists simple ways you can update your older worker resume to keep yourself current and looking attractive.
Here are my 3 most important tips:
I am not going to defend political correctness or speak about my feelings on the topic. Regardless of how we feel about being overly correct in the office, the fact is employers today pay attention to such things and it is just a fact of the modern workplace.
Things change all the time, so be sure to brush up on the politically correct terms to use in your resume and job interview. For example, don’t tell the employer you worked with “orientals”. Don’t assume that the boss is a “he”.
Tell Me What You Do NOT Your Life Story
We know you have tons of work experience so don’t feel like you include all of it. The rule is only include the last 15 years and depending on what industry like technology that might be include only the last 10 years. So tell us about your recent and relevant work history NOT YOUR LIFE STORY.15 Year Rule
An Old Dog Who Can Learn New Tricks
Here is one tip that the article did not mention but I feel it is very important. Show an employer that you are a lifelong learner and the type of employee who is receptive to feedback. Experienced workers offer so much in the way of skills, previous experience, wisdom, being calm and steady. However, some older experienced workers struggle with change and learning new ways of doing things. The best way to do this is to show that you have taken some courses or learned something new recently. If you have not taken a formal course, it can experience be from a book you read, an online course, or even through volunteer work.