Career Advice Round-up
For the week of October 21st, 2019, we have posts resume mistakes that make you look old, explaining employment gaps, recognizing job scams, communication touch points and being overqualified for a job…
You might be advertising your age to potential employers without realizing it.
Whether you took time off to care for a child or aging parent, or you were laid off and are having a hard time finding another job, gaps in a resume happen. Sharing them with a potential employer, however, can feel awkward.
As a career coach, I’m often asked by clients how to detect scams when searching for jobs online. Scams aren’t currently running rampant, but you do have to be cautious when giving out any of your personal information. Here are some common characteristics to take note of when you are skeptical as to whether a job application is legitimate: 1.
In an interview setting, communication is always the trait that differentiates a group of equally skilled candidates. Some people are just naturally good communicators, giving them the advantage. But if you don’t consider yourself a natural, that doesn’t mean you’re incapable of improvement. There’s also no need to start acting like someone you’re not either.
When an interviewer says you’re overqualified for a position during a job interview, you may attribute it to age bias. The stigma of being overqualified is surmountable, however, regardless of the reason for this label. Counter that label with a strong response. Overqualified may be code for one of five perceptions.