Searching for a job as an older employee can be intimidating. It can feel like the deck is stacked against you.
But based on my recent experience, if you take the right steps, there truly are jobs and employers seeking senior employees who can lead a company through difficult times.
For several jobs, I first invited recruiters to view my LinkedIn Profile before sending a resumé. This always led to a connection or an interview and started a personal conversation which immediately pulled my resumé to the top of the pile.
I removed my earliest jobs, since the latest wisdom says not to display ones older than 10 years. Otherwise, you'll not only date yourself, you'll appear too trained in older ways of working rather than modern techniques and technologies. I also took off the dates when I received my college degrees, to focus on my degrees rather than my age. Most importantly, I shrunk my former job descriptions down from multiple paragraphs to just one paragraph followed by bulleted lists with measurable results for specific types of projects.
I wrote each one specifically for the particular posted job description. I had several standard experience bullet points, but chose 3 or 4 unique ones for each letter based on the job requirements. I considered it a good day if I sent out one great, tailored cover letter.
Rhona Bronson is an AOLJobs.com contributor. She has spent more than 30 years in marketing and communications positions with well-known consumer product and media brands. After being laid off as a Senior VP of Marketing in 2009, she started a marketing and consulting company in North Jersey. She later led a marketing group for a regional newspaper in South Jersey. Laid off again in 2013, Bronson conducted a focused job search resulting in her newest position as Director of Marketing for the Delaware River and Bay Authority.
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