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9 Job Hunt Tips For Older IT Pros
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Cybdiver
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Cybdiver,
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8/13/2014 | 9:52:09 AM
Too old to work in IT?
I guess I must be a dinasour.  My resume is longer than my arm.  I've been in IT since punch cards.  My first computer was an Apple //e.   I can't be that bad I just deployed over 500 new PCs with Win8.1  Put up a new mail server and reconfigured a few firewalls.  Yet folks look at my resume and run.  I have no intentions of retiring I like computers, they don't talk back like my wife.  Can I just reboot her?   All kidding aside I'm available for large scale deployments, or saving your network for cost over runs.  Everyone should be able to identify a real floppy disk and it's not something that happens when you jump in the water.
kstaron
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kstaron,
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7/31/2014 | 1:49:12 PM
Tweaking the resume
I'm a bit amazed at the idea of having to frame your resume as skills disguising the time invested in those skills rather than experience in those skills using that time to tell a story of how much experience you have. I know IT changes fast but people in IT tend to keep up with that. As my husband and I look to possibly relocate, this article hit home for us. We will have some resume tweaking to do.
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nasimson,
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7/31/2014 | 12:17:18 AM
Re: Time to go sell real estate?
@gzuckier: You are spot on. HR recruiter would err on side of filtering a valid resume out, rather than sending an invalid resume in. So many of us are victims of this flawed hiring procedure. It hurts the companies as well as the candidates. Linked in can come to the rescue: a profile analyzer that takes job requirements; evaluates the already present profiles and then suggests candidates nearness to the target profile in terms of %ages. It would be better than current binary output of selection! Is it happening somewhere already?
nasimson
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nasimson,
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7/30/2014 | 11:59:52 PM
At the age of 34 ..
At the age of 34, I believe I either would have to move up or move out of the industry. These three pieces of your advice are particularly relevant for me: take a public speaking course; become a mentor; contribute to industry publications. Thanks for a comprehensive blog that is so relevant for so many of us.
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asksqn,
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7/26/2014 | 4:03:32 PM
Nice but worthless tips
The above referenced tips are all very nice but the fact is, only works IF you have your foot through the door long enough to be contacted for an interview.  The way interviewing for IT currently works in the US is a resume that contains 15-20 years experience, or is not a male under age 25, is immediately flagged and flushed down the ol' digital johnny.  Boom. Done.  The candidate in question is never even given a chance.  And on and on it goes.  Tips are worthless unless you are related to the hiring manager who has agreed to give you an interview.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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7/23/2014 | 12:53:25 PM
Re: Time to go sell real estate?
@gzuckier0, you raise a good point. IT and HR managers both have a role to play in this process. And no one is penalized for passing over hidden gems in the talent pool.
gzuckier0
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gzuckier0,
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7/23/2014 | 12:03:07 PM
Re: Time to go sell real estate?
As you say, HR is looking for any kind of filter to screen out as many of the applications as possible. They can't carefully scrutinize 100 applications for a position, and they can't pass on to the hiring manager 50 of those applicants who might be qualified. So consider the consequences of either type of error in their selection, false positives or false negatives. If they pass on a candidate who is unqualified, or even just one who the hiring manager doesn't like, they get yelled at "Why are you sending me these people? You're wasting my time! You're supposed to be screening these duds out!". Whereas they could reject any number of perfect candidates, and the hiring manager won't say anything, because he/she has no idea that happened. So there is a huge bias towards tossing applications out, even if there is no good reason to.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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7/23/2014 | 12:01:29 PM
Re: Time to go sell real estate?
@Dana, thanks for chiming in. I hear your frustration with the hiring process over and over. It can be incredibly hard to pass the first HR screen (often done by an outside firm, no less.) I believe that as a profession we must change this dynamic. I have had CIOs tell me: Smart people who want to work with my IT organization contact me directly.
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DanaRothrock,
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7/23/2014 | 11:48:13 AM
Re: Time to go sell real estate?
I'm 64 in IT.  IT is ugly.  There are a few nice jobs out there, but Wall Street and globalization has decimated the country.  Now is the worst time for all jobs since the Great Depression.  Every type of filter is used to pick that one special employee out of hundreds of applicants.  Resume over 1 page, garbage can.  Hire only people who are already employed.  The skills list has to match the requirements exactly.  So, the one who adulterates his/her resume gets hired.  The company gets what they deserve.  This is typical.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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7/21/2014 | 4:43:28 PM
Re: Time to go sell real estate?
I don't think you have to age out. Smart techies much older than 40 have tons to contribute to teams. Smart IT leaders know this.
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