1) Have more than one resume handy (unless your recruiter has advised you otherwise). While most employers may choose to see only the last 15 years of your employment history, others may wish to see every job from your first to present one. Why? Talking points for interviews or full disclosure in the case of background checks.
2) Emphasize results and accomplishments using numbers or quantities. “I managed a 15-person department with the highest tenured workers and lowest turnover rate in the company” sounds both credible and believable. Or, “I wrote a sales letter that brought in five high-profile clients in one week.”
3) Have gaps in your work history? Strategically discuss transferrable skills you used during those periods. Be sure to have potential responses for any questions about why those skills make you valuable. Stress your interpersonal skills and your ability to identify and speak easily with people of all ages. If true, mention that experience has provided you with wisdom and great problem-solving skills.
4) Be prepared for questions that border on impropriety or legality. Avoid mentioning dates. If asked a question about age, politely turn the question back. “How do you see age affecting the ability to perform this job?” Or, The AARP suggests you say, “When I reach the point where I can’t learn from someone younger or older than I am, I will stop working.”
5) Enthusiastically state your willingness to learn. Ensure the interviewer of your technological aptitude, particularly if you have sought and taken classes on your own.
Be a proactive job-seeker
It’s a good idea to get to know the companies in your vicinity or the area where you wish to work. You can often find information about businesses in your area on the Internet, in newspapers or through community organizations. Also, partner with a staffing firm like Time Staffing, Inc. We have built a relationship with local employers and have knowledge of current available jobs.
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