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Reentering the workforce? Tips on how to stand out to land that 'returnship'

Posted at 2:15 PM, Aug 21, 2018

Searching for a new job is stressful, but you are not alone. On average, people change their job 12 times in their career. However, experts say as you get older, it can be harder to do.

Getting back into the game late in life is rough, but companies are now offering “returnships” programs, which are basically internships for older workers who took a few years off from work.    

It’s a great way to get back into the action, but before you go applying for one, you should first start with making sure your resume is up to date.

"Resumes are incredibly important, because they are your calling card when you haven't met your employer yet,” says career expert Vicki Salemi, with Monster Jobs. “This is your first impression that you are making."  

Salemi, who works often with people in their 50s and 60s, says there are a few do's and don'ts you'll want to fix.  

"First and for most, typos can jump out at you; it's a game over before it began."  

If you have over 20 years under your career belt, you can skip details from the early days.   

"The further you go along in your career, the less college information you can have," suggests Salemi.   

Salemi recommends keeping your resume shorter than two pages, use Times New Roman font, don't use a photo and don’t include your address on your resume.  

Once you update you resume and start applying, remember, landing a new job or returnship doesn't happen overnight.  

"Keep the faith and keep searching,” says Salemi. “Do not give up; just because one door may close doesn't mean it's the end of your search."