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Rules for Internet Jobhunt


Q. I'm 63, and was forced to "retire" from my corporate job last year. Since then I've been working part-time for relatives but also using the Internet connect with possible job leads. I'm determined to find work, even though I know I'm being discriminated against because of my age in most of the interviews I do have. Can you help me expand my Internet search?

Ans. While it's easier to make contacts through the Internet, there's more room for error too, as employers can look up everything about you before returning your emails. Maribeth Kuzmeski, author of "The Connectors: How the World's Most Successful Businesspeople Build Relationships and Win Clients for Life" (Wiley $22.95) tells us that even if you're in the "I don't tell my age" stage, you should use today's marketing techniques. They include putting your resume on LinkedIn, because it's the most commonly viewed source for job seekers and employers. Also keep all your profiles professional, since employers Google you too. Use a sensible email name.  And, she suggests, don't be wordy or use excessive punctuation in emails. Don't put important information in attachments since some people are afraid they carry viruses and don't open them. One other tip from the experts: Don't use italics, capital letters or bold face in professional emails. That's considered shouting.

 

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