Let’s be honest, the new work normal is not normal for any of us today. One thing is certain, at any age, we all need to make sure our résumé and interviewing skills are current. I often share the AARP career resource center link with family and friends as a key resource to those that are re-entering or are starting to look for a new job in years.
AARP has a dedicated site with tools and video resources to help you get started at aarp.org/work. In addition, I want to make sure you can take advantage and register for AARP’s free online career expo, “Staying Competitive and Relevant for What’s Next,” which is set for Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. ET./10 a.m. PT.
Register now for AARP’s Online Career Expo and get access to on-demand webinars, resources, ask questions and search our job board.
During the three-hour virtual career expo, you’ll have the opportunity to:
- Participate in webinars and group chats including remote work, jobs in demand, finding and landing a job and more.
- Search our online job board for hundreds of available jobs.
- Connect with other job seekers, employers and AARP experts.
- Access tools and resources to boost your skills to stay competitive.
- Get help getting a job that fits your schedule — including part-time, full-time, telework and seasonal employment.
Can’t make this time?
Register anyway, and you’ll be able to access on-demand webinars, resources, ask questions and search our job board later.
Sign up for our free event now!
As a reminder, make sure to review your résumé for this virtual event. Your résumé can make or break your chances to land an interview. Following are eight quick résumé mistakes you will want to avoid as you prepare to go after your next job.
- Ignoring the Basics
Even though it’s among the most common advice given to job seekers, many applicants fail to proofread and ensure the document is free of grammar, spelling and punctuation errors and typos.
- Not Including Important Keywords
Today, many companies use computer programs known as applicant tracking systems (ATS) to keep track of résumés and candidates. This human resources software acts as a database, allowing in-house recruiters to find candidates that have applied to the firm. The ATS looks for keywords that match its job descriptions. So, be your résumé incorporates words from the job description.
- Using the Same Résumé for Every Job Opening
- Going Heavy on Industry Jargon
While you should use terms that are commonly used in the job for which you are applying, use a light touch with acronyms, abbreviations and jargon.
- Not Being Consistent
It’s a good idea to ensure that the dates, titles, responsibilities and other details on your résumé that are reflected in your profiles on LinkedIn and other social media platforms are consistent.
- Including Too Much Experience
Résumés that are too long will lose a recruiter. Try to keep your résumé to no more than two pages.
- Not Including All of Your Skills
More tips, videos and career resources can be found at aarp.org/work. Remember, if you can’t make it on Sept. 21, still register so you’ll be able to access on-demand webinars, resources, ask questions and search our job board later.
Ron Mori is a member of the Washington, D.C., JACL chapter and manager of community, states and national affairs — multicultural leadership for AARP.