9 Major Job-Search Changes That May Be New to Older Workers

9 Major Job-Search Changes That May Be New to Older Workers
From Recruiter - December 7, 2016

One question I ask during my introductory workshops is, When did you last have to look for work? Not surprisingly, given our career centers age demographic, some will say 25, 35, or even 40 years.

On the other hand, other customers havent had to look for work in the past five or ten years, some in the past two years or less. The disparity is great between my customers who have been long-tenured workers and those who are veterans of the job search.

The folks new to the job search havent had to write a resume that fits todays standardsif they had to write one at allnor have theyhad the experience of conducting 5-10rounds of interviews. They might also be new to networking, have never used LinkedIn, havent engaged in informational meetings, and be used to entirely different job-search methods. Some tell me, Companies came to me. I didnt have to do anything.

These people have lost looks on their faces. Its as if they have to learn to walk all over again.

Needless to say, there have been changes to the job search process in the past decade or two, changes that represent challenges to people who arent used to them. Here are nine components of the job search that may be new to older workers:

1. The Most Obvious Change: Being Out of Work

This scenario may come as a complete shock tothose who worked at their last company for 20 or more years. Gone is their routine, the camaraderie they shared with their colleagues, and the income they relied on. Also gone, for some, is their self-esteem and confidence.

2. The Hiring Process Is Longer

The good news is that employers are hiring. The bad news is that its taking them longer to pull the trigger. Ive witnessed many job seekers getjobs, but usually after a much longer process than before. Its not unusual for job candidates to be interviewed multiple times over the telephone and endure additional face-to-face interviews.

3. Resumes Have Changed

There are enough articles written on how its important to list quantified accomplishment statements, like this one about the10 important elements of a professional resume.

However, talk has increasingly turned to the importance of appeasing the applicant tracking system (ATS). Simply put, this software may eliminateas much as 75 percent of resumesbased on alack of keywords. Approximately 95 percent of my customers havent heard of ATSs.

4. Networking Is Imperative

Backwhen securing a job took less time and all the openingswere listed in the newspapers, networking wasnt as important as it is now. This is a tough change for many people who havent had to look for work for a couple of decades. Networking may have been necessary as part of their job, but to find a job? Not so important back then.

The best first step to adjusting to this change is to recognize theimportance ofgetting outside your comfort zone when networking.


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