The US economy gained 243,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3% which are both good signs the economy is getting better. If this is the case why are you still looking for work…? I know I know…every time you apply for a job they say you are overqualified…but are you really olderqualified?
A large segment of the job market is being labeled overqualified but is in fact what I am calling, “olderqualified”. Why are they being labeled this way? Their resumes!
Tip of the Week: Overqualified or “Olderqualified”?
Some companies use this term “overqualified” to classify people that are too old. How do they know that you are too old? Because of the 30 years of work experience you have listed on your resume, that’s how. Most job seekers have all their experience on their resume in hopes that it makes them more marketable and opens up their options…the only thing it does is put you in a box (and old one). So, what to do?
First, remove all experience older than 15 years from your resume. Then customize your resume based on the job description of the position you are applying for. If they are looking for 5 yrs of experience using PeopleSoft and you have 5 yrs of experience it should be on your resume. You can’t make the assumption that a hiring manager is going to just know that. Keep in mind the resume is meant to only get you through the door. Once in it’s up to you to show them why they should hire you – “Olderqualified” or not.
Have a great day and an even better week!
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