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    • Resumes for Older Workers:New Rules, New ToolsAARP Education & OutreachMarch 30, 2011
    • What We’ll Cover inThis WebinarWhat’s new in resume-writing  Resume formats  Issues for older workersChanges in job search techniques  Searching online  Using social media 2
    • How to Ask Questions 3
    • How to Download theSlides and Handouts 4
    • Your Presenters Deborah Russell Susan Ireland Susan Joyce 5
    • Refresh Your Resumeto Succeed in Today’sJob MarketSusan Ireland 6 ©Susan Ireland
    • You Need TwoResume Versions The “Magnet” Resume and The “Grabber” Resume 7
    • The “Magnet” ResumeMarkets you for ALL jobs you would acceptPost online for recruiters to search and find youIncludes skills and keywords for ALL jobs you want 8 ©Susan Ireland
    • The “Grabber” ResumeMarkets you for a specific job or type of workSent or posted for specific jobTargeted for each job you apply for 9 ©Susan Ireland
    • When to Use:Magnet Resume  Use for online profiles (e.g., LinkedIn)  Post to job boards (e.g., Monster, Careerbuilder)  Hand out at career fairsGrabber Resume  Email or snail-mail to an employer  Post on company website for specific job 10 ©Susan Ireland
    • Which Comes First:Magnet or Grabber Resume?Step 1: Write your magnet resumeStep 2: Create grabber resume by customizing your magnet resume for specific job or type of work 11 ©Susan Ireland
    • Step 1: Write Magnet Resume Make a list of ALL things you’re willing to do: • Skills and responsibilities • Incorporate throughout magnet resume Concise headline • Professional title • Line of work Broad Summary • Highlight breadth of experience 12 ©Susan Ireland
    • MagnetResumeSample 13
    • Step 2: Create Grabber Resume Target your job objective • Keywords from job post • Delete irrelevant items Job objective • Job objective statement • Professional title Tailor your Summary • Only what’s relevant to job objective 14 ©Susan Ireland
    • GrabberResumeSample 15
    • Resume Format Use chronological format Add skill headings if needed Good for magnet and grabber resumes 16 ©Susan Ireland
    • Chronological Format Remain in same field Vertical career move 17 ©Susan Ireland
    • Chronological Formatwith Skill Headings  Career change  Long time at same job 18 ©Susan Ireland
    • Where to Download FreeResume Templates Chronological template  For staying in same field Chronological with Skill Headings template (aka Combination)  For making a career change 19 ©Susan Ireland
    • Translate Experiencefor Career Change Job objective statement Format: Chronological with skill headings Highlight transferable skills Incorporate new keywords Special skills section Relevant education/training 20 ©Susan Ireland
    • Use Dates Wisely Dates tell:  Your possible age  How much experience you have  How relevant you are 21 ©Susan Ireland
    • For Many JobsOlder Is Better Senior management Teaching Financial services Business consultants Social services Find 50+ friendly employers: 22 ©Susan Ireland
    • Rules of Thumb Employers expect only 10 or 15 years of experience on your resume Earliest date – no more than 25 years ago Dates under education are optional 23 ©Susan Ireland
    • Early Relevant ExperienceAdd “Additional Experience” section with no datesExample:2008-pres. Graphic Artist, Rileys Printing, Oakland, CA2005-2008 Sales Associate, High Records, Berkeley, CAAdditional experience: Package Designer, Grabbit, Inc. 24 ©Susan Ireland
    • Conceal Employment Gaps List only years, not months2009-pres. Manager Joe’s Burgers, New York, NY2006-09 Manager Taco Bell, Woodmount, NY List unpaid "job titles" that are relevant to job objective (volunteering, personal projects, professional development)2007-09 Classroom Assistant, Brio High School, Brio, NV 25 ©Susan Ireland
    • "Job Titles" That ShowGood Character Student Independent Study Full-time Parent Family Management Estate Management Caregiver Personal Travel 26 ©Susan Ireland
    • Write Achievements Quantify results  Screened up to 700 job applicants per month, allowing an average of 3% to move to the next hiring level. PAR (Problem, Action, Results)  Improved reliability rates 15% by introducing an internal technical support system. Honors and awards  Earned two Employee of the Month awards during peak sales period. 27 ©Susan Ireland
    • Brainstorming What projects am I proud of? When did I affect the bottom line?If someone replaced me, what would go wrong?What do people rely on me for?What would my supervisor say about me? 28 ©Susan Ireland
    • Over-qualified for the Job Downplay over-qualifications  Degrees  High-level responsibilities  Lengthy career Use appropriate language  No management-level achievements  Less attention to bottom-line  Teamwork, not leadership 29 ©Susan Ireland
    • Checklist Create a magnet resume that contains keywords for all your job possibilities Pick the right resume format Translate experience for career change Use dates wisely Conceal employment gaps Write about achievements Don’t look over-qualified Create a grabber resume by editing your magnet resume 30 ©Susan Ireland
    • Where to Find Susan Ireland Susan Ireland’s Resume Site: Resume template downloads: LinkedIn: Facebook: Twitter: YouTube: 31
    • Job Search Techniques:What Has Changed? Susan Joyce
    • What Works TodaySuccessful job seekers:  Focus  Are PRO-active 33 © Copyright
    • Job Boards Are Toughfor RecruitersFewer employers use job boardsWhy?  Expensive  Ineffective  Inefficient 34 © Copyright
    • Job Boards Are Toughfor Job SeekersExtremely competitive!Ineffective and inefficient 35 © Copyright
    • Where the Jobs AreOnline NOWEmployer websitesJob aggregatorsSocial media 36 © Copyright
    • Where the Jobs Are:Employer WebsitesJob seekers can:Target employersApply appropriatelyConnect through social media 37 © Copyright
    • Where the Jobs Are:Job AggregatorsCollect jobs from thousands of sourcesFind employers new to youMonitor “the job market” 38 © Copyright
    • Where the Jobs Are:Social Media Post profiles Search for jobs Network 39 © Copyright
    • Recruiting in 2011Moving to Social MediaLess expensiveMore efficientMore accurate 40 © Copyright
    • Social Recruiting 92% recruit via social networks70% search thru profiles when recruiting Source: 2010 Social Recruiting Survey 41 © Copyright
    • Social Hiring58% have hired via social networks Source: 2010 Social Recruiting SurveyOnly 13% of hires via job boards Source: 2010 Sources of Hire survey 42 © Copyright
    • Job Search in 2011:Social MediaBusiness resource“Permanent personal marketing”Connect with employers and jobsShow you are up-to-date 43 © Copyright
    • Job Search in 2011Starts with LinkedInYour LinkedIn profile is your online resumeProfile should be 100% complete 44 © Copyright
    • LinkedIn Profile Tips Create a strong headline Copy and paste from Word resume Bite-size pieces:  Insert bullet points  Add spaces  Use all CAPS to emphasize words -- don’t overdo it Check the PDF version of your profile to be sure it’s employer-ready 45 ©Susan Ireland
    • Sample Profile 46
    • Sample Profile 47
    • More Ways to UseLinkedInGroups & AnswersNetworkingCompany Profiles 48 © Copyright
    • LinkedIn Group:Job-Hunt Help 49
    • You Are Being ResearchedBy Potential Employers – Often! Employers: Job Seekers: 29% of consumers think their online 79% of reputations is worth employers worrying about conduct online research always or most of the time. * Source: Microsoft funded privacy research reported in Dec, 2009. 50 © Copyright
    • Online Reputation ManagementWhat Could Go Wrong? Damaging material about you Someone else with your name Nothing = invisibility = out-of-date 51 © Copyright
    • Recap Less time on job boards Explore social media Join LinkedIn Be active on LinkedIn Invisible = out-of-date 52 © Copyright
    • Where to FindSusan P. Joyce Job-Hunt Help LinkedIn Group LinkedIn Facebook Twitter 53 © Copyright
    • Links from Susan JoyceLinkedIn for Job SearchOnline Reputation ManagementActivate and Manage Your Job Search AvatarsLinkedIn Learning Center for Job Seekers 54
    • Other resources forresumes and cover lettersAARP Job Tips Job Searching Blog 55
    • AARP Resources for 50+ Workers News and information on work and careers at 50+ Tip sheets and videos to help you succeed in your job search Search for jobs online Online community forum Learn about upcoming webinars and view archived events 56
    • Q&A with presenters We may not be able to address all questions during the webinar, but your questions help us develop content for future events. 57
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