Job-hunting tips from the July 11, 2011, issue of QuintZine.
In “Botox for your Resume and other Job Search Tips to Combat Ageism,” Matthew Levy offers a number of ideas to assist mature job-seekers. Here’s what Levy suggests for resumes:
- Remove graduation dates from your education. The year you graduated is no longer relevant and allows the resume reviewer to calculate your age by adding 18-22 years to the date.
- The same concept applies to the first position(s) you held in your career. Why list that early job on your resume? After 20+ years of experience I doubt that job is relevant any longer. Also, junior jobs, early in your career devalue the brand that you have likely created over the years. [Editor’s note: Be careful here. Many employers and recruiters want to see your entire history, which will be revealed anyway if a background check is conducted. A safer strategy is not to leave off old jobs but to list them in bare-bones fashion without dates.]
- Consider using fonts such as Georgia and Verdana and steering away from overused fonts like Arial and Times New Roman.
- An “objective” heading is out; a “summary” heading is in.
- “References available upon request” is no longer used on resumes.
- It’s not necessary for experienced job-seekers to cram down to a one-page resume. Multiple pages are fine. After all, most resumes are read on a computer with a flick of the mouse. [Editor’s note: Two pages are fine, but the trend is toward shorter resumes, so try to avoid “multiple” pages.]
In a similar vein, from a recruiter perspective, is Should My Resume Disguise My Age?, in which Harry Urshel says it’s “a bad idea not to acknowledge your entire career on resumes you present to prospective employers.” Reasons? The employer will discover your age (at least approximately) at the interview and may feel deceived if you’ve hidden part of your job history. If an employer is inclined to discriminate, leaving content off your resume will only delay the inevitable (and would you want to work for an organization with such a bias?).
MoneyRates.com identifies the best and worst states for making a living after analyzing four factors in each state that affect an individual’s ability to make a living: average wage, unemployment rate, state tax rate and ost of living. These four factors were combined to form an adjusted average income for each state, a representation of how good or bad a living the average person in that state is making.
Job-seekers who consider relocating for work may want to investigate their options to ensure they’re not simply trading one bad set of employment conditions for another, advises Richard Barrington, spokesperson and personal-finance expert for MoneyRates.com. “You might want to avoid some states if you’re thinking of moving to improve your career.”
The 10 best states for earning a living, as well as each state’s corresponding annual adjusted average income, according to MoneyRates.com:
- Illinois — $41,987
- Washington — $41,456
- Texas — $41,427
- Virginia — $41,120
- Delaware — $39,105
- Massachusetts — $38,665
- Georgia — $38,228
- Tennessee — $38,038
- Colorado — $38,020
- Minnesota — $37,722
The 10 worst states for earning a living:
- Hawaii — $22,108
- Maine — $29,159
- Montana — $29,496
- California — $29,772
- Vermont — $29,986
- Oregon — $30,343
- Rhode Island — $30,612
- Mississippi — $30,953
- West Virginia — $31,357
- South Carolina — $31,627
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