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You're Not Old You're Highly Experienced. Helping Older Clients Attain Job Search and/or Career Success. Helen LaVan, PhD, LPC, NCC DePaul University 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604 firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether you think you can or you canâ€™t, youâ€™re right!!!!!!.
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You're Highly Experienced
Helen LaVan, PhD, LPC, NCC
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Age Friendly Employershttp://jobs.aarp.org/job.search/?city=chicago&state=il&zip=&keywords=&location=chicago%2C+il&radius=30&status=2&x=28&y=13
Categorize the client as:
Job-related skills high, job search skills low
Job-related skills low
Prefer to retire, but in need of financial resources
Prefer to retire, but in need of something to do
DON'T leave dates of education off of your resume unless you have a good strategic reason to do so. One of the most common errors that I see are dates of education left off the resume when they should not be left off. For example, if you earned your degree 15 years ago and began working in your current career track the same year, you will actually raise questions about your age by not including your degree dates. The dates on your degree tend to close the "loop" and eliminate age-related questions in the mind of the resume recipient. But if you leave the dates off, the recipient will assume you are hiding your age and are older than your work experience indicates. On the other hand, if you have shortened your resume to the most recent 10, 15, or 20 years, and your most recent degree was earned earlier than a year or two before that cut off point, it is probably in your best interest to leave the dates off the resume.
DO be proud of your age and the associated experience and perspective that you bring to your employers. Even though--in most cases--you should not emphasize and draw attention to your age, do recognize that you bring to the workplace a value offering unmatched by your younger competitors in the job market. Your self-assurance and confidence will come across in your resume and during interviews.
DON'T forget to fill your resume with achievements and results that illustrate your personal brand and the unique promise of value that you bring to the workplace. Position yourself for the position. Demonstrate through past accomplishments and value add that you are the perfect candidate for the job. When your resume is filled with achievements that illustrate you will deliver a strong return on an employer's investment in hiring you, your age will NOT even be an issue.
Mark is a 58-year-old accountant and CPA, who was laid off from his former employer due to insufficient work for both him and the CFO of his employer. Prior to this time he had a relatively common career path. He searched and found a new position by emphasizing the credit manager part of his background instead of the accounting part of his background. He was terminated for poor performance after only two months in his new position. What strategies do you suggest to help Mark?
Marcia is 45 years old and previously held the position of manager of recruitment in a manufacturing company. She sought a new position similar to the one she had in the functional area of recruitment, that was then able to find a position. What strategies would you use to assist her?
Suzanne is a 56-year-old woman who had stayed at home for nine years to care for her ill husband. When he died, she had to return to the workforce. Previously, she had been a writer and editor for a prominent publication in Chicago. She had hoped to find a position similar to the one she had previously held. However, she did not have a portfolio and did not have sufficient computer knowledge with of desktop publishing software. She had some financial resources. What strategies would you have used to assist her in the short run of 1 to 2 years and in the longer run of approximately 9 to 10 years?