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Is Your Job Search Too Old-Fashioned? Is Your Job Search Too Old-Fashioned?

- (Huffington) - 1 years, 11 months ago...

I hear from many "older" job seekers these days who are frustrated with today's job search process. They are convinced that their "advanced age" (30, 40, 50, 60, or more) is causing them problems. I think they could be right, but NOT, perhaps, for the reason they think... Although I do not doubt that age discrimination exists, I know that other things could be negatively impacting these people. It basically comes down to looking -- and being -- out of date, using old-fashioned job search techniques. If you are over 40 or it has been more than three years since your last job hunt, you are probably unaware of how much recruiting and hiring practices have changed recently, particularly with the growth of social media and also with the tough job market we have been experiencing. The 5 New Rules of Job Search Regardless of age, being out-of-date is a very common problem but not, fortunately, an insurmountable one. Here are some things you can do to address the issue, and become more up-to-date for your job search and your career. 1. Focus! One of today's "problems" is too many opportunities! Studies have shown that we humans are almost paralyzed when we have too many choices -- which TV show to watch (when you have hundreds of channels), which coffee to order (when it comes in dozens of variations), and on, and on, and on... Going to a job board and entering only the location is asking for over-load. Waaayyy too many choices! I just typed "Chicago" into Indeed, and it showed me 77,000+ jobs! Yikes! To make your job search more effective, focus on the employers where you think you would like to work (more than 10, hopefully) and one or two job titles those employers use for the job you want. 2. Bring Your "A" Game! The way you handle this whole process of applying and interviewing for a job is viewed as an example of your work -- which it is! Use great care with all of your interactions with an employer or recruiter. Take the time to craft your best response rather than hurriedly attaching your resume to a one-sentence email with a subject that simply (and very unhelpfully) says, "Resume Attached" or "Applying." Read "Deadly Email Job Search Mistakes" for tips on using email effectively. Standing out from the crowd in a positive way is NOT optional. Leverage the technology currently available, and you will also prove that you are not out-of-date. You can do it! Resumes -- Resumes have changed substantially with the availability of technology. An old-fashioned resume stamps "OUT-OF-DATE" on your forehead! Most employers expect that you can use word processing software well enough to customize your resume and cover letter specifically for them. Generic work-history resumes don't often work well today. Read "5 Resume Rules You Must Ignore" to understand what employers want today. Networking - Studies show that the person wh...

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