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Use the Internet to Squelch the Age Issue

In the Careers section of the Wall Street Journal there is an interesting article Hearing ‘You’re Overqualified’ Again and Again. In response to this article I posted the following comment on the WSJ page, to share how to overcome and squelch the "too old" stigma many face, which makes it more difficult for older baby boomers to get hired:

The direct approach is best in staying focused on what you bring to the table with both skills, experience and being an expert in your field. Submitting just a resume means the Interviewer only has one narrowly defined aspect of your skills. Overcome the age barrier by positioning yourself prior to the interview.

It’s a new game now, with many human resource professionals, recruiters and hiring managers using the Internet to identify talent that makes a better company match. The key is to develop a positive Internet presence, which highlights your skills beyond a resume.

Leverage the Internet to establish yourself as an expert in your field and pump up the volume of the skills presented in your resume. Make it your business to be exactly where HR professionals and recruiters look. When they receive your resume, many jump on the Internet to Google your name. Type your name into Google right now. What shows up about you? Do you have a professional profile on

Start a blog to write about how you have used your skills to contribute to the success of previous companies. Share success stories about projects you worked on and how you made a difference in the outcomes. If you don’t like to write, then comment [in a positive way] on articles others have written, related to your skill space. The goal is to make the Internet sell your skills, which increase your value above and beyond your resume. By the time you sit for an interview, the hiring manager is now more receptive in focusing on your skills, with age being a much more minor point.

Developing an Internet presence creates demand for you and your skills, because you increase the chances of more people finding you and identifying you as an expert in your field. Keith Ferrazzi says it best, in terms of networking, [I'm paraphrasing] “It’s not who you know. It’s more important who knows you”

Carl E. Reid, CSI
Chief Operations Officer, Empowering Today’s Professionals (ETP) Network
Business Career Coach, Social Media Consultant and Developer of Career Management Swiss Army Knife Toolbar

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