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  Mature Job-Seekers: Your Game, Your Rules
by Rowe Leathers - Sep, 2015
With age comes experience, and with experience comes opportunities only afforded to mature workers. That said, seasoned workers must approach their job search differently than the younger and less experienced. The strategy of younger candidates is to lead with their education, embellish their experience, and highlight any and all certifications. Mature workers should consider an alternate approach: showcase your many years...
  How Far Back Should I Go On My Executive Resume? 4 Rarely-Discussed Strategies
by Lisa Rangel - Jul, 2015
As with most tactical executive resume development questions, the question “How Far Back Should I Go On My Executive Resume?” is no exception in receiving the “It depends” answer. However, these are the X guidelines we use in making decisions on how much do we include and how far do we go back on resumes for executive-level clients with 15 to 35 years of work experience. Generally speaking, we recommend focusing on the most...
  Sometimes you need to step back to get ahead
by Sherri Edwards - Jul, 2015
It happens all the time. A candidate has 8–10 years of experience doing something and wants to change into an entirely new role and new field. The requirements to compete for a senior-level role in the new arena are extremely high and impossible to match when there is no specific evidence of performance in the same function. Although the circumstances may seem the same, being capable and being competitive are two entirely diff...
  Resumes for Older Workers
by Robin Schlinger - Jul, 2015
Although age discrimination is discouraged by state and federal regulations, anyone with a long career knows how difficult it is for a 55-year-old to impress a recruiter or hiring manager who is 30 years younger. Your resume should be written to get you into the door for an interview, where your enthusiasm, dedication and skill will impress your future employers. Successful resumes for older workers share these characteris...
  The Simple Way to Build Intergenerational Relationships at Work
by Lindsey Pollak - Jul, 2015
If there’s one issue on which all generations agree, it’s that millennials are masters of technology. The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on millennials helping “befuddled” older employees with their tech troubles. Although I don’t love the thought of myself as “befuddled,” I did recently share in my newsletter how I enlisted a willing Millennial (my “Snapchat mentor”) to help me master the app’s quirks....
  Millennial Question: Why Does Gen X Love Email?
by Lindsey Pollak - Jun, 2015
“You’ve got mail!” Ah, the days when the ding of a new message was exciting rather than annoying. With all the apps and productivity tools designed to help us manage our email and all the effort many devote to achieving “Inbox Zero,” it’s hard for millennials — and many others — to believe that Gen Xers used to adore email. And our dirty little secret is that many of us still do. Of course, not every Gen Xer feels this wa...
  Employment Trends That Impact Your Resume
by Robin Schlinger - Jun, 2015
A company that specializes in helping virtual teams work effectively recently reported on the latest employment trends, including an increase in freelancing and part-time work, multigenerational workplaces and work across borders and time zones. What effect do these trends have on your resume? First, freelancing and part-time work—or multiple consulting jobs—are no longer seen as panicky attempts to fill an employment gap...
  How I went from Cookies to Corporate
by Connie Pheiff - Jun, 2015
On June 30, 2006 at 4:02 pm I was told I would no longer be the CEO of Girl Scouts. I expected to be the leader of the number one leadership program for women well into my retirement years. Unfortunately that did not happen. I had no idea losing a position I was most passionate about would change my life forever. The following three months brought plenty of margaritas and depression. Although I was CEO of a national organi...
  3 Ways to Shake Up Your Mentoring Program for Better Results
by Lindsey Pollak - May, 2015
Remember that old song we learned as kids, "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other's gold?" It's a good reminder for the workplace. As individuals, we benefit from having a professional network comprised of both longtime connections and new workplace relationships. If you primarily hang out with the "old guard" in your organization or industry, you risk missing out on fresh perspectives. If you...
  Why Ageism Isn’t Your Real Problem
by Lisa Rangel - Mar, 2015
Ageism as a challenge gets thrown around a lot in the executive recruiting world. There is this false assumption that because you’re a certain age that you won’t get the job. The reality is there are plenty of companies who will hire you for your expertise regardless of your age if you can properly convey your value. Yet many executives looking for work still cite ageism as their main challenge in landing the job. Pardon th...
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