One of the hardest things for older job seekers to do is edit your work history, but you absolutely must. No resume should be longer than 2 pages, unless you are at the C-level. A too-long resume says (1) "I don't know how to tailor my resume to highlight what's important for this job" and (2) "I am at least over 40 and probably over 50, which you can see from my long list of jobs." The good news is that you have a wealth of experience to create a true marketing document for yourself. That leaves you with no resume fluff--only impressive, attention-getting accomplishments tailored for each job you apply for.
Experience doesn't matter nearly as much as what you've accomplished. How have you helped the companies you worked for make money or save money? Describe those accomplishments using numbers, dollars, and percentages on your resume and you will have hiring managers (potential bosses) racing to interview you.
Can a 30-60-90-Day Sales Plan make YOUR interview amazing and get you a job offer in 24 hours? You bet. See what it did for Jeanne:
Hello Peggy! I just wanted to let you know my results from using your 30 60 90 day sales plan. [Prior to purchasing your plan, my face-to-face] interview went great! As we wrapped up [the hiring manager] said, "We are going to have another interview and I want you to be able to tell me in our next meeting how you plan on tackling this job." I put together my 30 60 90 day sales plan. At my next interview, when the hiring manager asked if I had given any thought as to how I would tackle the job and when I responded with, "Well, yes I have. I have prepared a 90 day plan that I would love to share with you." The look on his face was priceless!! He was not expecting this, Peggy. The interview went amazing. I was offered the job within 24 hours. -- Jeanne
Look at what Jeanne is teaching us here: Most people would have thought about how they planned to tackle the job, and maybe have formulated an answer before they went to the interview. Jeanne took it up a notch with her 90-day plan and became the star candidate. The 30 60 90-Day Plan is the something 'extra' that can absolutely make you stand out and make the company very eager to hire you.
Did you know that you can add news channel feeds to your LinkedIn profile? Whatever your industry, you have the ability to showcase your specific industry channels for your connections to view. The channels are located at the bottom of your profile.
If your industry is accounting, there are several channels in Pulse to choose from. The first one is the accounting channel. Some others in related industries are banking and finance, big data, and the economy.
Why, as a job seeker, would I want to show these channels from Pulse on my profile?
5 Simple Tips To Beat Age Discrimination (or Bias) In Your Job Search
If you are over 40, you MUST know this to get hired now.
Age discrimination is almost impossible to prove, but still keeps thousands of job seekers over 40 from getting hired. With the right strategy, you can not only prevent it from hurting your job search chances, you can easily get hired at the job of your dreams.
In this webinar, you will learn simple, easy tips that anyone can use to beat age discrimination and get hired:
Easy Ways To Overcome The 5 Biggest Biases Against Older Job Seekers
PLUS, simple, PROVEN strategies and tips to
Write your Strongest Resume Ever (and eliminate age-related problems)
Get MORE INTERVIEWS than you've ever had before (with GREAT companies)
Impress them so much in the interview they'll BEG to Hire You!
You can not afford to job search without this information!
In this webinar, I’m going to share with you my top 25 tips for a fantastic, stress-free phone interview. We’ll talk about how to get ready for it, what to say, how to answer their questions, and how to avoid some really big mistakes.
These tips are going to help you stand out from the other candidates and make sure your name gets to the short list.
I’m offering this training webinar free of charge.
Yes. While some may argue that a cover letter is an “extra step”, I say it is an expected step when sending out your résumé. Outside of the fact that omitting the cover letter can be perceived as being lazy, we exist in a very competitive job-market, and a well-written cover letter is a tool that can help to position you ahead of the competition.
Covers letter are intended to spark the interest of the reader and to compel the reader to take action steps based on what they have read. Your cover letter is your “call to action”. This is the tool that asks for an interview.
Are there any specific “rules” for how to write a cover letter? The only absolute rule is that you must have one. Cover letters do not have a set format or style; they can be creative or conservative, depending on where you are sending your materials. They will change to best address each particular opportunity.
Below are a few tips for crafting a DASHING document:
If your resume is not winning quality interviews, then consider that what you are sending out is ineffective.
Your resume has approximately 6 seconds to make a lasting impression. 5-4-3-2-1. That’s it! Then it’s either in the trash can or in the “save” folder to call for an interview.
Below are 3 quick questions to see if your resume can pass the 6-second “save or trash” test:
Can your reader read it? If the font is too small and the reader needs reading glasses to see your phone number, do not expect a call.
Did you define yourself? I recommend a header that makes it clear who you are, and how you want to be perceived. (Chief Marketing Officer, Director of Food and Beverage, Entry-Level Public Relations, etc.) If your reader needs to dig to see where you might fit into their organization, they will not bother and your resume is in the trash can.
Have you immediately indicated the value that you have to offer? The profile is one of the most important components of a resume. If yours is filled with generic statements such as “Hard-working individual with 5 years of marketing experience…”, then you are headed for the “NO” pile. Employers want to know what you have to offer them and what you bring to the table. Your profile must be unique and quickly convince your reader that you are an exceptional candidate that brings value to the table.
In 6 seconds or less, can you convince a reader to keep reading? Re-read your resume and ask yourself if your document passes the “save or trash” test.
When you first selected your skills and expertise on LinkedIn you could put them in order of your preference. But once you started collecting endorsements, LinkedIn automatically listed them in numerical order for you. You didn't have a choice and once they started to accumulate you couldn't strategically place the skills you wanted endorsements for.
That is no longer the case. LinkedIn just recently has allowed users to re-arrange the order of their skills and expertise. Now, if you want endorsements for certain skills, you can place them at the top of the list--hoping your connections will take the hint and endorse you for those skills they see first.
When I do presentations for job seekers, one the most frequent questions I get is if it is possible for people to move their skills around so they can be endorsed for the skills they want to be recruited for. Up until this week the answer was no. Now, you can rearrange until your heart is content.