If you’re 50-something and not having a lot of luck in your job search, it may well be due to the fact that you’ve got a killer resume: a JOB KILLER resume that is!
Step #1: Make absolutely sure that the information on your resume is relevant to today’s market place. The chances you’ll land a job as a typesetter are remote to none, so get with the times and learn how to function in the new digital world!
Step #2: Employers aren’t interested in what you did in 1969: they want to know about your recent accomplishments: last month, last year. So take out the cashier positions at your local Burger King and be sure to highlight what YOU consider your greatest accomplishments. Did you: design a new way to conduct inventory, saving the company a ton of money? Create a print flier that generated gazillions of dollars in sales? Implement an internship program for your firm? Whatever your achievements, SHOWCASE them on your resume!
STEP #3: Refrain from putting down the fact that you graduated from Klutz Kollege in 1972. Even math-challenged employers can do THAT math, and you’ll end up getting passed over. But: be sure you include the fact that you have a B.S. in Chemistry or whatever.
STEP #4: don’t talk about your ‘extensive years of experience’ on the job: it will only make you sound like the boss’ grandfather and he’ll NEVER hire you! Also, delete references to outmoded or obsolete technology. Saying that you were an ‘accomplished telex operator’ doesn’t buy you a thing when virtually no one in the work force today has even SEEN a telex, let alone USED one!
STEP # 5: If a prospective employer feels compelled to ask what it is you did in the early days of your career, have a full-blown copy of your resume handy to show him. Likely as not, he doesn’t care so don’t shoot yourself in the foot by belaboring experiences to which he can’t even relate!
Finally, if you’re applying for a job requiring you to write, for goodness sakes, bring a writing sample. If you’re applying for one that demands the latest in organizational skills, provide information on the innovative ways in which you organized your last job.
In other words: By giving the employer what he wants instead of a lot of extraneous detail, you’re bound to go further faster!