We revisit this topic often as it is a serious concern for many job seekers. Kerry Hannon, a jobs expert at AARP offers some additional insights that may be of value to older job seekers.

  • Polish your LinkedIn profile – Your resume and your LinkedIn profile must be top notch.
  • Make your resume relevant – Your resume must be direct and to the point. 20 seconds is the common length of time an HR person will spend on a resume.
  • Bring your “A” game to the interview – Be professional and clear as to what motivates you. If you are interviewing with a younger person, do be condescending.
  • Pay attention to your wardrobe – Professional and up to date clothing is the order of the day.
  • Prepare to answer the “overqualified” question – Explain why the firm would benefit from hiring you.
  • Practice mock interviews with someone – Practice makes perfect and puts you more at ease when you are doing the real thing.
  • Do not load your resume with too much information – Employer’s want to see the last 10-15 years of your experience, not a lifetime resume.
  • Do not ignore gaps – Fill in gaps in employment with relevant experiences.
  • Do not make rapid off-the-top-of-your-head answers – Be thorough, concise and crisp in your answers.

For more details, see Kerry’s article at USA TODAY.

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