Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Top 10 Tips for Getting Your Resume Read

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resume baby boomer 232x300 Top 10 Tips for Getting Your Resume ReadBaby Boomers Confidence is Key

You may be feeling uncertain about your ability to compete in an already competitive job search. But don’t let that deter you. You have years of experience under your belt and the skill level to match. So make sure you maintain your confidence throughout your job search process. It will shine through in your resume, cover letter, and face-to-face interview.

Getting back into the workforce as a Baby Boomer isn’t an impossible task if you believe in your capabilities and make a strong effort to excel. The more proactive you are about putting yourself out there, the more success you will have in locating opportunities that can take your career to the next level.

 Top 10 tips for your writing your resume and getting your resume read:

1. Construct your resume to read easily. Remember, resumes are reviewed quickly. Help the reader to scan your resume efficiently and effectively

  • Use bulleted sentences.
  • Resumes are read quickly.
  • Bullets make it easier for someone to quickly scan your resume and still absorb it

2. Put strengths first where they are more apt to be read. 

3. Use action words prepared, developed, monitored, and presented.

4. Have someone else read your resume. A second set of eyes will always catch grammatical or spelling error and the person may add valuable input.

5. To avoid appearing out of touch, Sharon Armstrong, a career consultant in Washington, D.C., urged one client fearful of seeming too old to discuss her use of Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin during job interviews.

6. Sharon Armstrong also endorses the idea of keeping certain dates off resumes.

7. Once at the interview stage, Armstrong urges clients to prepare for questions like, “Aren’t you overqualified?” Older job seekers say they hear that frequently. Armstrong suggests they show enthusiasm for the job and make sure not to seem to be applying out of desperation.

8. Experts say some employers may be reluctant to hire people they assume are less flexible, more expensive or less agile with technology

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9. Updating Your Resume: If you’ve been out of the job market for a decade or more, updating your resume may be more challenging than you remember, especially when you factor in the Internet and possibly having to apply online. But that’s not all you have to think about. As a mature worker, you also have the challenge of creating a resume that showcases your years of experience without shining a spotlight on your age.

10. So how can you get this done? One way is by using a functional resume format that highlights specific skills rather than chronological timelines. When writing your skills, try going into detail regarding projects you’ve completed that have benefited your previous companies. You can also create a section that focuses on the computer technologies you’ve mastered or any training you’ve completed. All of these things can help employers focus more on your skills and talents, and less on your age.


 
About the author: Boomer54 Mark is the publisher and senior editor of Baby Boomer Talk Online. He likes to be helpful to other boomers sharing useful information he gleans from the web. He attempts to go through life being positive and spreads this to the boomer world via email with inspirational quotes and videos. He is living in America’s finest city, San Diego, with his wife, The Red Headed Trip , and his two Boxer Dogs, Gabe and Luke.


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One Response to “Top 10 Tips for Getting Your Resume Read”
  1. Ah….the resume…otherwise known as the best screening out tool ever devised. Resumes are an important part of any marketing toolkit but, in my opinion, not the most important tool in that kit. I like biographies for networking, websites for amplifying information and demonstrating current skills, succinct brands for twitter and signature lines, blogs such as this one and more…

    Knowing when and where to use well-crafted resumes is an art and a learned skill.

    As for learning to deal with bias and myths (#7 and #8), take a look at the “myth cards” on our website. We researched the facts guaranteed to overcome the “Big O’s” – overqualified, overage, overpaid, over (fill in the blank).

    Mahalo and Aloha….Ageless in America

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