As the dawn of a new year approaches, many companies will begin tore-evaluate their staffing needs. This might mean companies will increase theirhiring initiatives, or they could decide to shed jobs. Either possibility meanshaving an updated resume ready at the New Year may pay dividends. Even ifnothing changes for you around the turn of the year, it wouldnâ€™t hurt to have aspruced up resume.
For older individuals, reaching retirement means managing a budgetwith savings, social security, and part-time income. Having a polished resumeis extremely important, as an analysis of themost recent job data by the AARP Public Policy Institute shows. Considerthis: unemployment for older job seekers is now56 weeks on average, compared with 37 weeks for younger workers. In light ofthis trend, it is crucial for older workers to revise their resumes to catchthe eye of potential employers.
As reported recently in The Wall Street Journal, anew program known as the American Association of Community Collegesâ€™ Plus 50Initiative is helping seniors do just that. The Plus 50Initiative recognizes the experiences, skills, andleadership that the baby boomer generation possesses. Given the possibility ofunemployment facing many older workers, the Plus 50 Initiative seeks to harnessthe experience of an older generation and use it to teach new skills to analready successful generation.
Many times, the only thing standing between asenior and a job is a lack of technical knowledge and computer experience.Taking a short class on computer software is one of the best ways for older jobseekers to brush up on these skills, enhance their resumes, and show employersthat they are up to date with technology.
As the New Year approaches, consider taking sometime to reevaluate how you can best market yourself in an ever-changing economyand job market.