As a seasoned job seeker, you might not know where to begin. You may have stayed with one company for so long that you haven’t updated your resume in decades. You may have taken some time off work to raise kids but have plenty of past experiences. There are many scenarios where job seekers are worried about keeping up with fresh out of college job seekers who may accept a lower salary or have more recent certifications. Here are 4 tips to help you stay relevant and marketable as a seasoned job hunter.
- Emphasize your skills and experience. Some people automatically create their resume in chronological order; however, in many cases this may not be the most effective way to showcase your marketability. Ditch the dates and chronological order of jobs and focus on your qualifications and achievements instead.
- Exclude or limit unrelated experience. Many people are under the incorrect impression that every single job in a person’s life should be reflected in a resume. This is not the case today. You want to include the most relevant job experience, skills, and achievements. There’s no need to include your experience working as a server when you were a teenager on a resume application for a marketing director.
- Tailor your resume for the position you want. Many people just use a standard resume and apply to as many jobs as possible with the same resume. While you’re casting a wider net, you may be selling yourself short. If you tailor your resume for the position you want including specific keywords and relevant accomplishments, you will have a much better shot at landing an interview. Don’t just throw everything you’ve got at the resume without editing for each specific position.
- Make sure you appear professional on social media. Many seasoned employees may not realize the importance of professional social networking. In today’s day and age, most interviewers will check out your social media presence prior to your interview. Make sure your public social media profile(s) and LinkedIn reflect you in a light you want to be seen by an employer.
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