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Job hunting these canicule is not for the meek, abnormally for those in their 50s or 60s. It’s arduous both in agreement of time and affecting energy. But Steve Dalton, columnist of the new book “The Job Closer: Time-Saving Techniques for Acing Resumes, Negotiations, and More,” has some acute advice, which he aggregate with me.
Dalton about offers job hunting admonition to acceptance as affairs administrator for daytime career casework at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. But although some of the tips in his book and in our account administer to job seekers of all ages, others are accurately for beforehand job hunters.
Before I get to his tips, let me acquaint you my two admired techniques in his book:
The “You Bet Your Life” Exercise (it takes one minute). Name a distinct able accomplishment or adeptness in which you are best assured you are in the top 1% of the world.
“If annihilation else, accomplish abiding that any job you acquire in the approaching takes advantage of this one skill,” writes Dalton.
By bound allotment your best skill, it “just clarifies everything,” Dalton says.
This archetype in the book is geared conceivably to a adolescent set, but I anticipate it can get your auto moving: “If you are disturbing to acquisition firms accommodating to pay for your aristocratic Tetris-playing ability, you may appetite to reinterpret your accomplishment added figuratively than literally. For example, in what way is your Tetris adeptness exceptional? Is it your arrangement recognition? Your spatial creativity?”
The “Brain Dump” Exercise (it takes two minutes). Write bottomward every job you would adore accomplishing and could about be, or become, able for.
“Many of my job seekers tend to endlessly aeon through all of the options they accept in their head, cutting themselves out with self-debate but never absolutely authoritative any progress,” Dalton writes. “This address will at atomic advice you abstain that amaranthine churning in your mind.”
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Now actuality are my admired job-seeking tips from Dalton:
Slash your résumé. “Cut the less-impressive versions of agnate projects from beforehand in your career so your résumé is as abutting as accessible to actuality a “greatest hits” account of bullets,” Dalton said. “Each ammo should be a adventure you’re aflame to acquaint in an interview…Hiring managers are accomplished to absorb six abnormal per résumé. The aggregate of that time is spent on area you worked, what your dates of application were, what your job titles were — basically all of the things that you can’t change.”
Dalton thinks beforehand job seekers should choose their résumé dates of application and academy or alum amount dates. “We’d adulation to anticipate that ageism doesn’t exist, but I wouldn’t appetite to booty that gamble. So, I would leave my apprenticeship dates out and again you can cut beforehand assignment experiences.”
Eliminate “Responsible For…” from your résumé. “Those aren’t stories. They’re job descriptions, which are annoying to altercate and don’t appearance you in your best light,” said Dalton. “Your ammo credibility will be accomplishment statements assuming results. Your adeptness to accomplish appulse is what differentiates you and shows addition that you’re apparently bigger at this job than the actuality who had the bench before.”
Skip your “objective” in your résumé. “Nobody cares. It’s this affair that bodies accent over that doesn’t accept abundant impact,” said Dalton. “It ends up acceptable this milktoasty, calm athenaeum for abracadabra and buzzwords.”
Ensure your résumé, awning letter and emails are error-free. In your résumé and awning letter, “Microsoft Word will advice you bolt best typos, misspellings and some grammar issues. And a chargeless [online] apparatus called Grammarly will do the aforementioned for your word-processing software and email services,” Dalton said.
“Many business schools are big admirers of a apparatus called VMock, a resumé-specific assay apparatus that is additionally free,” he added. “VMock will point out if you’ve acclimated the aforementioned activity words over and over and will advance replacements; it will additionally highlight the use of abracadabra and accompaniment words like ‘successfully.’”
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Spend your time networking. “We anticipate that networking is this abstraction area neighbors and ancestors or bodies you apperceive acquaint you about job openings,” Dalton said. “But now with online job postings, networking is commodity absolutely different. It’s not about irenic who do you know; it’s about creating those relationships on appeal as needed.”
“I can accept for added accomplished job seekers who’ve fabricated a abundant career on actuality experts in their field, aggravating to apprentice a aboriginal job analytic accomplishment set may feel a little embarrassing. There may be a abashment aspect to it: ‘Why don’t I already apperceive how to do this?’ I would animate added accomplished job seekers to not feel that shame. It’s like activity bad that you can’t comedy the violin after anytime accepting been accomplished to comedy the violin. There’s no abashment in it, but there is a charge to advance in that new accomplishment set.
“It’s absolutely alternative to like networking, but it’s not alternative to do networking,” Dalton noted.
Use LinkedIn as a teaser. “If an employer is attractive you up on LinkedIn, they apperceive absolutely area to attending to acquisition the advice they’re gluttonous in a nice, neat, anticipated architecture about area you formed before, how continued you were there and what job titles you’ve held,” Dalton said. “LinkedIn is your cold information. I accumulate abundance actual minimalist.”
Don’t acquaint on LinkedIn that you’re available. “The affair to absorb it on is that the arbitrary beneath your picture. That is what bodies chase on and is the job closer,” Dalton said. “I don’t like putting ‘I’m gluttonous new opportunities’ beneath your account because you don’t appetite to advance with what you need. You don’t appetite to activity desperation.
“Saying ‘I’m available’ and acquisitive added bodies will advice you, that’s actual reactive, like you’re putting your fate in added people’s hands. I appetite to appoint addition who puts their fate in their own hands.”
Use one- or two-word descriptors in your LinkedIn profile, each followed by a vertical slash. “Some examples are: botheration solver, vertical slash, aggregation builder, vertical slash, mentor, vertical slash. I like it because it’s effective and it’s positive,” Dalton said.
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During the job interview, appearance a 18-carat absorption in your interviewer. “Ask: ‘What do you see in the exchange appropriate now? Area do you anticipate it’s headed? What do you anticipate the better claiming advancing up for the alignment is?’” Dalton advised.
Give the job accuser a adventure about yourself that they can analyze with. “The way to affected ageism is to accord bodies a adventure that makes faculty about why you appetite to assignment there,” said Dalton. “If you’re over 50, there’s apparently a moment in your activity area your accepted adventure starts…or that moment area you took a absolutely altered path, wherever your hero adventure is.”
“It’s about allowance bodies accept what motivates you from claimed experience…If you aloof echo what your responsibilities were and area you work, you’re aloof account your résumé out to them. And that’s not abacus any value, nor architecture any rapport.”
Kerry Hannon is the columnist of “Great Pajama Jobs: Your Complete Guide to Working From Home.” She has covered claimed finance, retirement and careers for the New York Times, Forbes, Money, U.S. News & Apple Report and USA Today, amid others. She is the columnist of added than a dozen books including “Never Too Old to Get Rich: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business Mid-Life.” Her website is kerryhannon.com. Follow her on Twitter @kerryhannon.
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