Looking for a job when you’re unemployed is tough. On the plus side, you have plenty of time to interview. The negative side is that many employers prefer to hire candidates who are already employed. RELATED: 4 Tips To Help You Shorten Your Job Search Despite the advantage of being more attractive to potential employers, looking for a job while holding down a full-time job has another set of problems. The main challenge is making sure your current boss doesn’t find out. But there are a few ways to keep your job search confidential.
One of the biggest concerns for job seekers over a certain age is age discrimination. While some employers do discriminate, it’s often because they fear that candidates over 50 won’t be up-to-date with their skills or familiar with not-so-new things like social media. RELATED: Need to write a resume? Watch these tutorials! While there is no anti-aging cream for your resume, there are steps you can take so your resume doesn’t make you look old. Here are three.
The other day I heard another story of a job interview gone wrong. My friend (the hiring manager) asked a candidate if he had any questions. To which the candidate replied, “Tell me a little about yourself.” Just like that his interview was over. The hiring manager was more than annoyed that the candidate would ask a question that could have easily been answered by spending a little time online.
I don’t recommend slacking off on your job search during the summer for several reasons. Companies are still hiring. Most recruiters and hiring managers are still available even if they’re on vacation. And the competition isn’t as fierce. Related: 5 Tips To Stay Positive And Motivated While Job Searching Still, with all the distractions —kids off from school, long weekends, and, if we’re lucky, maybe a week away—many people do put their job search on hold until the fall. If that sounds like you, it’s time to start getting ready to beat the summer-is-over rush.
When you’re looking for a new job, your resume is your calling card. It’s often the first time a potential employer gets to meet you. Obviously, you want to make a good first impression. Related: 3 Ways Your Resume Makes You Look Old This means you don’t want a resume that leaves potential employers shaking their heads. When most people think of mistakes, they think of misspelled words, poor formatting, and typos. These things are easy to avoid by proofreading your documents thoroughly. Even so, rarely will one little typo take you out of the running. Unless you are applying for a job as an editor. But there are other mistakes that you probably don’t realize you’re making. Here are three of the biggest resume mistakes:
There’s no doubt that we live in a culture obsessed with youth. That doesn’t mean you’re over the hill at 40. Many people are active and working in their 50’s, 60’s and beyond–if you’re Betty White well beyond–but most of us don’t want to brag about it. The fact is that age discrimination is alive and well. Related: Resumes For Job Seekers Over 50 One of the keys to staying attractive to potential employers is to not look or act out-of-date - in person or on paper. This doesn’t that you shouldn’t post a photo on your LinkedIn profile. Profiles without pictures only make recruiters, and potential employers, wonder what you may be hiding. And the truth is they are going to meet you during the interview process. So there’s no reason to hide. Still, there are many ways you can date yourself without realizing it. Here are three ways your resume can make you look old.