For a variety of reasons, baby boomers are staying in the workforce a lot longer. However, this demographic faces a number of challenges, including experience discrimination, an issue where baby boomers struggle to get employment opportunities because millennials have enough relevant experience to be just as valuable, but at less of a cost.
The first challenge with your resume is getting it in the hands of an actual person. Over the past decade, getting through applicant tracking systems (ATS) by including the right keywords has become the holy grail of job seekers. The palace guards were put in place so that overloaded hiring managers could keep out the riffraff. And it was necessary. Surveys report that more than half (some say a LOT more than half) of the resumes submitted for any job posting are from completely unqualified candidates.
Unless you've been really lucky, you've probably discovered this simple fact about the job search process: It's not easy.
The process is littered with ups and downs, small victories, and brutal defeats. By the time you achieve the ultimate victory — earning your dream job — you're probably ready for a nap.
We've all been there. A job that you would absolutely LOVE gets posted and you look at it right away. But when you look at the job description, you realize there are required skills you don't have on your resume. Now is a good time to ask yourself: Is there anything else I can add to my resume that will make me more marketable?