Next Avenue Managing Editor and Money & Work Editor, Richard Eisenberg interviewed Gary Burnison author of “Lose the Resumé, Land the Job.” As CEO of the largest executive recruiting firm, Korn Ferry, Burnison contends that we approach job searches all wrong.
When it comes to older workers he told Eisenberg:
People in that demo have what is very hard to replicate: judgment. So the idea of culture, fit and understanding who you’re going to be working for accrues; the older you are, the better able you are to make judgments.
We read his guidance as what emotional intelligence readings do you get by doing your research and probing your network to find out who is involved?
Ever hear of lobbing off your early career from your resume to appear younger? Burnison says,
Listing every job shows the totality of your experience. It’s ridiculous to think the employer won’t figure out how old you are. Don’t kid yourself. But for jobs you had farther back, I would just put the company, title and year.
On age discrimination:
I don’t believe it’s the case like it was. And there are 75 million boomers, but the millennial generation is smaller. So at some point, there’s going to be a labor shortage and companies are going to have to, out of necessity, have people with a wider spectrum of demographics. Maybe not today, but the numbers are the numbers.
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