As a Career Coach, I work a lot with Baby Boomers who are in the later stages of their careers, often looking for a new position in their late 50s or 60s.
One of the things that is almost always an issue is making sure they are positioned as a relevant, modern job candidate – and one of the ways to do just that is through one’s resume.
I’ve written before about how the resume is one of the last things that will actually get you the job, but more so something that will screen you out. And one of the main things that could screen you out is presenting information that is no longer relevant in the marketplace – or by continuing to subscribe to old school resume “essentials” like including your home address or still putting your “aol.com” email address in your header.
There are definitely little things that will raise a red flag in the eyes/minds of HR and hiring decision makers, suggesting you may be “too old” for the job.
I recently came across an article titled “5 Things On Your Resume That Make You Sound Too Old” that nails exactly the kinds of things I’m talking about. The article does a very nice job of giving you tangible examples of the things that could keep you from getting an interview.
But the resume is just the beginning. What is it about your entire job search strategy and/or personal brand that is outdated? This is where a Career Coach or mentor comes in, helping you look objectively at how you position yourself on paper, online and in person.
If you want to know more about how someone can help, feel free to reach out directly any time.