The dreaded news: you’ve lost your job. Now what? You’re over 40 and have a peak salary. How will you ever get hired in this economy making the money you need to make?
Check this out:
That old school chronological resume that you used 10 years ago when you found your last job just isn’t going to work now. Update your resume with a fresh look that de-emphasizes dates and emphasizes experience. Start sections with action statements like “Increased revenue 150% three years in a row.” Focusing on how long you’ve been in the game doesn’t tell anyone anything and may make you seem dated.
Yes, it’s true, everyone and their grandmother has a blog these days. However, if you don’t have one it may make you seem like you’re out of touch. If you have an expertise area–and everyone does–then start a blog writing about it. You don’t have to be the best writer, but you do need to be grammatically correct … especially if you’re directing potential employers to it.
Think Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others is just for kids wasting time? Think again. A 2012 study by Eloqua said that approximately 64% of B2B companies are using social media. That’s a big boat to miss if you aren’t on it. So, get on it and get active … they are free, after all. Some hiring companies have a perception that people over 40 are out of the technology loop. You need to prove them wrong.
If you have some down time between jobs, be sure to take a class or become certified in an area. If you don’t know anything about social media, find a class online and take it. If you have an interest in computers, get certified in a specific area. Many companies give free classes and seminars online. Search for “free Twitter seminar” (or whatever you’re interest) and then put those courses and seminars on your resume! It’s a great way to show that your between jobs time was useful.
Prove your worth by talking about transferable skills that came from your experience and not just about your salary needs. Maybe you’ve been in online sales for the past 15 years, but discuss your experience in terms of transferable skills that will work across many jobs.
I know, I know. You’ve heard it all before; however, networking is the single most important thing you can do right now. According to an ABC News report, 80% of jobs are landed through networking.
Additionally, a majority of jobs aren’t even published publicly. Matt Youngquist, of Career Horizons, recently told NPR: “At least 70 percent, if not 80 percent, of jobs are not published, And yet most people — they are spending 70 or 80 percent of their time surfing the net versus getting out there, talking to employers, taking some chances [and] realizing that the vast majority of hiring is friends and acquaintances hiring other trusted friends and acquaintances.”
So, get out there and get started. What are you waiting for?