What job seekers from different generations can learn from each other

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There are essentially three generations of job seekers vying for jobs
today: Baby Boomers, Generation X or Gen X, and Generation Y or
Millennials. Because of this, job seekers are finding themselves
competing with people of all different ages for the same job; people that
can bring different experiences and skill sets to the position.

I asked career coaches, advisers and recruiters if there are any patterns
in how job seekers from different generations go about the job search.
Here are some that they noted:


    Baby Boomers: Often show a high level of professionalism and excel in
face-to-face interviews. "Baby Boomers know that the job search is
ultimately about relationships, and [they] tend to invest the time in the
process of developing relationships," says Lynne Sarikas, executive
director of the MBA Career Center at Northeastern University. "They know
the value of a handwritten thank-you note."

    Gen X: Tend to utilize both in-person and online communication
effectively. "When it comes to overall communication skills and working
knowledge of technology, members of Generation X fall squarely between
their 20-year-old and 50- to 60-year-old counterparts," says Maribeth
Kuzmeski, author of "The Connectors: How the World's Most Successful
Businesspeople Build Relationships and Win Clients for Life." "They are
used to online job searches, emailing résumés and following up via both
email and handwritten notes."

    Millennials: Often adept at using all forms of social media in their
job search. They tend to embrace all kinds of technology and use that
technology to their advantage, including applying via their smartphone or
tablet or following up via creative ways online.


"[Job seekers] over 50 years old may be used to looking for work in a
newspaper, attending job fairs, dropping by a company to inquire about
job leads and speaking to those in their network regarding job
opportunities," says Lavie Margolin, career coach, speaker and author of
"Lion Cub Job Search: Practical Job Search Assistance for Practical Job
Seekers." "A younger generation would be more apt to look for jobs online
and use social networks to reach out to people for help as opposed to
speaking to people face-to-face or giving someone a call."

So how do job seekers compete with those from other generations? Perhaps
it's by learning from each other and applying a combination of new and
tried-and-true job-search tactics. Here are some tips on how job seekers
of all generations can be successful in their job hunt.

Embrace both offline and online communication
To get the most out of a job search, try using both online and offline
resources. Search for jobs on career websites as well as social
networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Consider building
an online portfolio that houses your résumé along with examples of your
work or previous successes, but don't forget to bring hard copies to an
interview, too. Also try meeting with a headhunter or recruiter who
specializes in finding jobs in the field for which you're applying.

Networking works
"Regardless of generation, the single most important thing you can do to
support your job search is networking," Sarikas says. "Identify alumni,
former colleagues, friends of friends or family who work in the companies
you are interested in as employers. Conduct informational interviews to
learn about the company, the culture and the types of roles in your area
of interest. Meet as many people as possible who can help support your
efforts, and identify how you can help them as well. While you can use
the Internet and other tools to identify resources, do your networking in
person whenever possible. Have a real conversation."

Execution matters
"Execution matters -- cover letters and résumés must be flawless; no
spelling or grammatical errors," Sarikas says. "You should be well
prepared for your interview. Research the company and the people you are
meeting. Have questions prepared. Information is easily accessible, so
there is no excuse for not being well prepared."

The power of thank you
Follow up with both an email and a snail mail thank-you note. "Write a
handwritten thank-you note to each interviewer and show your enthusiasm
for the job as well as your appreciation for their time. It makes them
remember you in a positive way," Sarikas recommends.

				
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