In this industry, job-seekers’ demographics are broad and range from very young university graduates to the older more experienced crowd. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, the younger candidates having the advantage of age and time to learn while the more experienced candidates have, well, experience and can possibly bring more value to the company.
But how are experienced job seekers viewed by employers? Do they need a different approach to job-hunting than their younger counterparts? We have asked the Alexander Daniels Global recruiters, as well as outside sources to give you the most trustworthy advice
1. USE YOUR NETWORK
If you’ve been in the workforce for long, chances are that you have a vast professional network that you should utilise. With several years in the workforce, the chances are that you have some rather senior-level people in your network – make the most of it!
2. TWEAK YOUR RESUME
At this stage in your career, there isn’t a need to include every job you had since high school on your resume – unless they are highly relevant for the position you are seeking. Secondly, you want to come across experienced, but depending on the job you are applying for, you do not want the hiring manager to think you are over-experienced and/or too expensive to hire. Therefore, it may be a good idea to avoid starting resumes or cover letters with phrases such as “Over 30 years of experience…” unless it’s a senior role in that specific field.
3. UPDATE YOUR SKILLS ALONG THE WAY
In this industry, the technology is ever-changing and it is important to stay on top of the industry and trends. If you are lacking some of the skills need to land the job you want, consider getting training before or during your job search. Every skill acquired is one more to make you stand out from your competition. And make sure to highlight the accomplishments of trainings to show your willingness to learn and eagerness to keep up with the everchanging technology.
4. BE CONFIDENT
You want to express that you are not stuck in your ways, and that you are willing to be flexible and able to quickly adapt to a new environment. Be confident about your experience, your capabilities and what you have to offer. Another important point is to keep an open mind when it comes to taking a position or salary that may feel beneath you – once you land the job, you can work your way up.
5. STRESS YOUR EXPERIENCE
In an industry like this, where there is a huge skills gap, experienced candidates are more valuable than ever. Try to highlight your knowledge, experience and also your ability to teach others, particularly younger professionals.