Time for a Career Change? How to Compete with the Crop of New Graduates

April 24th, 2018

By Priscilla Poirier, Toronto IT Recruiter

Changing jobs or taking a different direction in your career can be intimidating, especially for mature professionals. With a new crop of technology savvy college graduates entering the job market each year, competition for jobs only gets fiercer.

So, how can you compete with new graduates and get the attention of hiring companies and recruiters? Use these tips to get an edge:

Sell your experience and accomplishments

young professional

One area you will have an advantage over new graduates is industry experience. You’ve worked in your industry and you’ve accomplished things. Use these as the focal point of your resume.

Have an up to date resume

Speaking of your resume, make sure it is up to date with today’s resume style and content preferences. A dated-looking resume can hurt your chances right away. If you are not confident in the look and overall presentation of your resume, consider getting it professionally done.

Rely on your professional network

One huge advantage mature job seekers have over most new graduates is your professional network. Over the years, you’ve had the opportunity to meet and build relationships with other professionals in your industry. Use these connections to explore new opportunities. You may be able to get the inside edge over new graduates, especially for more advanced positions.

Improve your technology skills

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You must have strong technology skills today. You need them to not only to compete with new generations of talent, but you need technology skills to stay up to date with continuously changing job demands and requirements.

Engage in professional development

Now is always a good time to add a new skill. The skill you choose will depend on your industry, current skill set, career direction, and other factors. Focus on emerging trends and developments in your industry and look for ways to stay one step ahead of the curve.

Have a strong online presence

If you want recruiters and hiring companies to find you, having a strong online presence is a must. Make sure you optimize your LinkedIn profile and ensure all social media profiles present you in a positive light. Depending on your career, you may also want to engage in professional groups, blog, and be an active member in your industry’s online community.

More Career Change Tips

Seriously considering a career change? Get more expert advice from our recruiters by checking out these recent blog posts:

4 Huge Job Search Blunders That Could Be Costing You

Do You Suck as a Job Candidate? 5 Things Bad Candidates Do

4 Tips for Mature Job Seekers Having Issues Getting Hired

 

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Priscilla Poirier

Priscilla is a Recruitment Consultant whose primary focus is recruiting for contract positions within the IT, Finance, and HR functions. With more than four years of experience as a specialized contract recruiter, within the IT & Finance sectors, Priscilla truly enjoys what she does. She loves that recruitment allows her to meet amazing new people every day, and is thrilled when she can make someone’s day by letting them know they GOT THE JOB!