Job search tips for workers over 40

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - A resume is not a history book. Your resume should focus your skills and accomplishments while matching the open position. One way to overcome the perception that your age is an issue, is limiting what you include on your resume from a chronological perspective. Avoid the stigma of being considered "too old" by emphasizing accomplishments, not years of experience.

When writing your resume and your cover letters, there's no need to mention every job you've ever had. Limit the experience you include on your resume to the most relevant jobs you've held. Address the Technology Issue Head-On. Your resume must confront any reservations the prospective employer may have regarding your technical aptitude. One concern employers have about hiring older workers is that they haven't kept up with technology. So you should flaunt what you've got in this area, whether it's an impressive list of certifications or a simple mention of office-productivity software training you've undertaken.

Use your Network. Employers often connect with job seekers through referrals. Increase your exposure and be able to sell yourself. Older job seekers tend to know more people. This is a big advantage. Who you know and who they know can make a big difference in getting hired. Whenever you're speaking to friends, family, or acquaintances, ask if they know anyone in a position to hire, or more specifically, any employers who prefer hiring older workers.