In today’s challenging job market, it’s important that applicants highlight their assets and experience to show why they are the best candidate for an open position.
Despite the fact that some companies may be reluctant to hire an older worker, aging baby boomers can use their experience as an advantage by showing they have more to offer than younger job seekers, according to Forbes.
Companies that are more thinly staffed than in the past may well be “looking for someone who can come in and do the job,” without needing a lot of training or supervision, John Challenger, chief executive officer of the consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, told the news outlet. Workers in their 50s or older can bring that added value, Challenger added.
When writing a resume, baby boomers should always highlight their accomplishments over the past 5 to 10 years, even if it takes up more than 1 page, Challenger noted. It’s also important for older job seekers to network with other professionals by joining civic, charitable or community organizations where they can meet new industry contacts.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were approximately 3.7 million job openings in the U.S. as of April 2012.