You are a seasoned professional with 10 or more years of experience. You are looking for a job. You’ve got the skills, the proven experience, a decent resume and more. Guess what? You are up against a new crop of recruits that are tech-savvy, competitive and innovative. What can you do to compete? What could a newbie have that you don’t? Here are a few things:
- Better resume – If your resume includes an Objective or an Objective Statement, you will immediately be seen as outdated. Instead, use a Profile or Qualifications Summary section at the top of your resume to showcase your top skills and results.
- Better social presence – A LinkedIn profile is necessary in the world of today’s job seeker. If you don’t have one; create one today. Also, chances are employers will perform a Google search on your name. What will they find? Try to make sure the results showcase your personal brand in a positive way.
- Current technology – What is your email address? If you’re still using an AOL email account, it’s time to switch to something more current, i.e. gmail.
- Willingness to learn – New grads and Gen Y/millennials in general want to learn and keep learning. Are you? If you haven’t taken any new training or updated your skills in a number of years, you may want to consider exploring new learning opportunities.
- Open to new technology – Are you savvy in the tech space? Even in an interview situation, you could be asked to participate in a video interview? Are you up for the challenge? The newbies are.
Don’t let your job search tactics scream “out of touch.” Do whatever you can to stay up on the latest industry trends and technology. And don’t forget to research new job search trends. Things change all the time!
How do you stay current with your job search? Let us know in the comments.