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Job Search Tips for Unique Populations:. Unemployed Over 40 Over Qualified Veterans Disabled & Not So Hot Past. By: Kathleen E. High , M.Ed. Adjunct Counselor, Career Planning Center Cypress College. Job Search Information For ALL:. The World Is Changing -- Fast

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Job search tips for unique populations

Job Search Tips for Unique Populations:


Over 40

Over Qualified



& Not So Hot Past

By: Kathleen E. High, M.Ed.

Adjunct Counselor, Career Planning Center

Cypress College

Job search information for all
Job Search InformationFor ALL:

  • The World Is Changing -- Fast

  • The “Rules” Have Changed

  • Know Yourself and What You Have to Offer

  • Know How to Market Yourself

  • Develop Your “Personal Brand”

  • Monitor Your “Online Presence” (social network, email, etc.)

  • Tailor Your Resume and Interview Questions to the Job

  • Utilize Campus Resources Available (Career Center, etc.)

  • Check this link to see if you are weak in any specific area of job search skills:

    Contrasting God Job-Search to Weak Job-Search:



Resources on campus to help
Resources on Campus to Help


    • One-On-One Career Counseling

    • Career Assessments (Personality, Interests, Values, Skills, etc.)

    • Workshops (Resumes, Interviewing, Studying, etc.)

    • Handouts (Labor Market Trends, Goal Setting, Choosing Majors, Job Search, Resume and Interviewing Tips, etc.)

    • Career Research Resources (Online programs, books, etc.)

    • Computer Lab


    • One-On-One Counseling

    • Counseling Classes (for academic/career success)

  • Disabled Student Programs & Services

    • Vocational Counseling, Accommodations, Resources, Support


    • Help/Information for Transfer Planning



  • What kind of unemployed person are you?

    • Diligently doing everything you know how to do

    • Given up in the face of adversity

    • Somewhere in between the two extremes

  • Find productive ways to fill your time:

    • Doing anything productive looks better

    • Work any kind of “Survival Job” you can get

      • Keeps you “in touch” with the working world

      • makes your UI benefits last longer

    • School/Training

    • Volunteering

    • Attending to Personal / Family Needs

  • May want to use a “Functional” resume to downplay:

    • Gaps of employment

    • Currently working “Survival Jobs”

    • Highlight relevant experiences gained outside of employment

  • Use Handouts and Resources Available

Resources for unemployed
Resources for Unemployed

  • Handouts:

    • Workshop handout: “Unemployed and Looking for Answers”

      (What they need: Information, Resources, Support)

    • “Managing Finances”

    • “Unemployed Resources”

    • “Tell Me About Yourself”

    • Resume Writing and Interviewing handouts

    • Life-Long Learning Options

  • Visit: Career Planning Center:

    • Career Counseling

    • Research New Careers

    • Resume & Interview help

    • Books on job transitions, job search, resumes, layoffs, etc.

  • Workshops:

    • Planning for an Unpredictable Future

    • Career Assessment & Interpretation

    • Identifying Your Transferrable Skills

    • Maintaining a Positive Online Presence

Over 40 years old
Over 40 Years Old

  • Notice the “New Rules”

  • Avoid “reminiscing” over the ‘good old days’

  • Ask: Do I appear “Out of touch?”

  • Check your attitude towards younger colleagues/supervisors

  • Check your “adaptability” factor (Do you tend to resist change?)

  • Physical Appearance: Be sure it’s updated

    • (glasses, hair style & color, clothing, etc.)

  • Resume – don’t list more than 10 years

    • Keep an “Employment History – Working Document”

    • Double check for recent experiences only

    • Confirm your reference information is current

    • Avoid listing obsolete technologies, processes, philosophies, etc.

  • Avoid listing dates for degrees

  • Make your life experience work for you

  • Emphasize the benefits of maturity (wisdom, manners, work ethic, etc.)

Resources for over 40
Resources for Over 40

  • Handouts:

    • Workshop handout: “Unemployed and Looking for Answers”

    • Myths of Maturity

    • Generational Values

    • Life-long Learning Options

  • Visit: Career Planning Center:

    • Adult Re-entry Services

    • Career Counseling

    • Resume & Interview Help

    • Books On Career Transitions, Career Crises, Encore Careers, Etc.

    • “Resources” Links On CPC Website has Additional Resources

Over qualified
Over Qualified

  • Know why you would want that job and what are your priorities

  • Keep an “Employment History – Working Document”

  • Tailor your resume to job description:

    • Emphasize their needs, not your “laundry list of qualifications”

  • Identify why employers feel you are over qualified

  • Let employers know that you understand their concerns

  • Use a little humor when addressing the situation

  • Ask the interviewer to define any concerns he or she might have so you can address them and

  • Tell them why you want the job even if you are overqualified

  • Emphasize the benefits of over qualification (wisdom, maturity, complex problem solving, minimal supervision and training, etc.)

Resources for over qualified
Resources for Over Qualified

  • Handouts:

    • Interviewing & Older Workers: How To Address The Over Qualification Issue!

    • Workshop handout: “How to Manage Conflicting Priorities”

  • Visit: Career Planning Center:

    • Career Counseling

    • Resume & Interview help

    • Resume Critique


  • Attend to Any ‘Life Transition Issues’

  • Learn to Ask for Help

  • Use Your Resources

  • Use ‘Translator’ Web Databases To Identify Potential

    • Civilian Occupations

    • Transferrable Skills

Resources for veterans
Resources for Veterans

  • Translator Databases:

    • Occupations:

    • Skills:

  • Local Career OneStop Center:

    • Veterans Re-employment Services

  • Veteran’s Resources:

    • Local Campus – Veteran’s Resource Center

    • VA / CalVET

    • VFW

  • Workshops:

    • Managing Life’s Transitions

    • Identifying Your Transferrable Skills


  • Utilize CPC & DSPS services:

    • Help you identify appropriate career and job search goals

    • Help you identify resources available to help

  • Identify your transferrable skills

  • Focus on what you cando

  • Consider emerging career fields: Tend to offer flexibility

  • Know the employment laws that affect you

  • Get full job description with the required skills spelled out

  • Know what accommodations you need; have them verified by a doctor

  • Be prepared to answer questions regarding your accommodations if you get the job

  • Keep statements positive (I can do… by using an adjustable table). Don't get too technical

Resources for the disabled
Resources for the Disabled

  • Handouts:

    • Workshop handout: “Identifying Your Transferrable Skills”

    • True Self

    • Labor Market Trends

    • CPC Newsline: “Job Search Strategies and Information for People with Disabilities” (Fall 2008) - available online

  • Visit:

    • Disabled Students Programs & Services

    • Career Planning Center

    • Employment Development Department's One Stop Centers,

    • Department of Rehabilitation,

    • Dayle McIntosh Center for the Disabled (714) 621-3300

  • Resources:

    • CPC has books and other resources for the disabled job seeker.

No so hot past
No So Hot Past

  • Create a positive image and environment

  • Identify your skills

  • Identify your targets

  • Get your documents in order

  • Use the most effective job search methods

  • Improve your interviewing skills

  • Follow up on all job leads

  • Check your online presence

  • If you are an ex-offender, know which types of jobs and employers are appropriate and which are not

  • No secret answer; but how you market yourself is crucial

Resources for not so hot past
Resources for Not So Hot Past

  • Handouts:

    • Job Search Tips for Those with a Not So Hot Past

    • CPC Newsline: People with Less‐than‐Ideal Backgrounds (Spring, 2010) - available online

  • Visit:

    • Career Planning Center for help with resume preparation and interview skills

    • Local Employment One Stop Centers

  • Resources:

    • Booklet: Quick Job Search for Ex-Offenders

    • Book: “No One is Unemployable”


  • Remember:

    • The World Is Changing

    • The Rules Have Changed

    • Know How To Market Yourself

  • Seek Help When Needed:

    • Career Planning Center/Adult Re-Entry

    • Disabled Student Services & Programs

    • Veterans Resource Center

    • Financial Aid

    • Counseling

    • Local Employment One-Stop Centers

      • They often have programs to support our “unique populations”

Special thanks
Special Thanks:

  • Debra Michelle,

    DSPS Counselor, Cypress College