Thinking of leaving your job? You’re not alone. Reports from leading survey firms such as Gallup and IBM/Kenexa indicate that even self-described engaged employees are susceptible to a competitor’s pull.
In the reality of the millennial-led, “company me” mindset, employees are more transient and discerning than ever before. Even Gen-X and baby boomers are more apt to shop the competition these days. Employers who lack a strong brand and employee value proposition (EVP) can easily find themselves loosing key talent.
If you’ve been out of the job search mindset for a while, but would like to reenter the fray mind the following resume-refining, age-defying tips to ensure you don’t come across as an 8-track player in an podcast world.
- Ditch the Dates: Remove the dates from your education credentials. No one needs to know when you graduated, just that you earned a specific degree from a specific school. Also, lose the dates on your earlier jobs and simply include a brief section entitled “Previous Business/Work Experience.”
- Update Your Email: The 90s were great, but you don’t want to come across as hailing from the 1890s. I know switching is a pain, but pitch the Prodigy or AOL account already and opt for a more up-to-date provider. If you don’t have a personalized email account, then go with with Gmail. Even Yahoo looks better than a hotmail address.
- Lose the Slang, Ya Dig? Jargon can convey that you’re familiar with the industry lingo, but buzzwords don’t offer much value. Instead of risking the use of antiquated language, opt for generic but meaningful. After all “capitalized on synergy” has nothing on “reduced costs by 15%”. Say what you mean and be specific.
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