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I'm trying to look for my first new job in 15 years. What's the best way to showcase my skills for recruiters?

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Ok, this is going to be the best advice you will ever receive on this thread. 1. Decide what position your skills best fit and piques interest. ( if you hate what you're doing what's the point of putting in effort). 2. Hire a copywriter to write you a resume and professional bio. Include a unique selling point (USP). This will help you stand out amounts the hundreds of other applicants. 3. Grab a ring light, get ready as if you're going to an interview, and take some good pictures for all your professional social media platforms in which you intend to use to network. 4. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP: Believe in yourself and don't doubt the process

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Update your LI profile, create a portfolio of your work and have your resume reviewed by a professional

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I worked at the same job for 15 years. Honestly, I found that even though I had great experience, reference, contacts, etc., having all of my work history with one company really did hurt me when it came time to look for another job. The market is hotter now than when I was first looking, so hopefully that is less true for you. - Practice your interview technique. You haven't seriously interviewed for a job in 15 years and you need to practice. Practice with friends. Take classes on interviewing. Look for online resources (e.g. lists of common questions). Be mindful of how you answer and present yourself. Do not assume your experience is enough. - Give your work experience focus. Focus on your process. Focus on what you learned and how you grew. Focus on how your participation brought value. Avoid just pouring out your work history as a big, unorganized information dump. Your experience alone isn't enough, how you present that experience is almost more important. - Plumb your network. If you have 15 years in the industry, you likely know people at several different companies. Having your resume go through a referral is always better. In one case, I applied for a job and didn't get a call back, but when a former coworker at the company referred me for the same job, I did. - Since your work history is effectively only one line on your resume, you need to spell out your projects, certifications, expertise, etc. Look for examples of "Project Based Resumes," or other resumes formats that focus less on 'Job' history, and more on accomplishments. - Your first job out of the gate might be less then ideal. A lot of companies like to see variety on a resume. Working at 4 companies over 15 years is more attractive than at one over the same time period... even if your experience is more relevant. You may need to take a job as a resume builder and with a plan to get something better a year or two down the road.

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