Problem is the nation’s unemployment rate still remains high. With millions of people also seeking jobs, you’ll have to learn some new tricks if you want to land your next dream position.
Being a mid-career professional in a job search doesn’t have to be an insurmountable challenge. You just have to remember the following three tips.
If you haven’t looked for a job in decades, you’ll notice something new immediately – Today, technology is the key to a successful job search.
You won’t find many help-wanted ads these days in your local newspaper. Most of those ads today are listed at online job sites.
But even those sites aren’t the best avenue for finding work today. You need to network. And you need to network the high-tech way. This means learning how to use social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to build an online base of business contacts and to contact them when you are searching for a job.
If you’ve built a large base of online associates – everything from former bosses and co-workers to local business leaders and industry hotshots – you can call on this network after you’ve launched your job search. You never know if a former boss might be willing to introduce you to an important player in your business or if a past co-worker knows of an industry pro setting up a new business.
Simply put, through social media you can nab hot job leads that could cut your mid-career job search mercifully short.
The Right Resume
It’s tempting to list all of your career stops in chronological order on your resume. If you’re a mid-career professional, though, this could be a mistake. Most employers today want to know what you’ve accomplished lately not what you did 20 years ago. That’s because the world of work has changed dramatically in the last two decades.
Focus your resume on your most recent career stops and make sure to include on your resume exactly how you helped your former employers succeed. If you introduced a new product that added thousands to your company’s bottom line, include that in your resume. If you supervised the hiring of outside consultants that helped lead your company to a record year, don’t leave it off your resume.
The world of work has changed. When you look for a new job, you might find that employers expect you to do more with less. For instance, you once might have had the services of a large support staff at your disposal. Today, you might be lucky to have a single assistant.
Employers expect longer hours from their workers, too. You might have to work past the 5 p.m. bell several times a week.
These are the sacrifices that mid-career professionals must be willing to make when switching jobs so late in their careers.
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