In a perfect world, recruiters and hiring managers would choose the candidate with the best skill set for the job and age wouldn’t factor into the decision whatsoever. Sadly, age discrimination is a challenge facing many older job seekers—and while it’s illegal for employers to discriminate based on age, it’s extremely difficult to prove.
You used to think boot camp and deployment were difficult, then you sat down to write your resume. One of the most difficult aspects for many people transitioning from military to civilian careers is presenting their skills in a manner for someone outside of the armed forces to easily understand. Fortunately, this is a battle easily won—start by avoiding these five common military-to-civilian resume mistakes.
In today’s competitive job market, there’s a heightened focus on personal branding and differentiating yourself from the crowded field—but, in many cases, doing things differently can grab the wrong type of attention.
Marketers target their advertisements, honing their ad’s tone and content to capture the attention of a particular audience. History has taught us that great advertising can make a winner out of even the most mundane products—Gary Dahl famously made more than a million dollars selling “pet” rocks. A resume is many things: a summary of your qualifications, a work history, and, perhaps most importantly, a marketing tool.
For the last few years, you’ve been busy meeting new challenges, developing distinct skills, and having fresh experiences—not in the workplace, but rather as a stay-at-home parent. If you’re thinking about returning to work and wondering how to explain the gap in your work history…
Layoffs occur in good and bad economies for all sorts of reasons, including mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing, and downsizing. While layoffs are outside of your control, you have enormous influence over how you prepare for a possible layoff. If you believe a layoff is looming in the future, there are several simple steps that you can take to put yourself in the best position to find a new job and to survive unemployment.
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