I am going to go out on the proverbial limb here and really date myself with this post! As many of my friends and family know, I have recently been put back in the sea of job market searches. The last time I went looking for a job was over 25 years ago! I know! Right? Do you know how I looked for a job 25 years ago??? First off, I walked out to my front lawn and got the paper. Ok, who subscribes to a paper anymore?? Next step, I got out my Number #2 pencil and started circling the jobs that I would be physically applying for in person. Third step, I got dressed up in my “Sunday Best” and would go knock on doors and ask the manager if they were hiring. If I got lucky and they said yes, I would sit down and fill out an application. No resume in hand, mind you – just filling out paper work. And hopefully at the end of the day, I was lucky enough to be hired by one of the places that I had visited. If not, I would have to start the process all over the next day. See steps 1-3. It was exhausting! This was before computers, internet, cell phones, social media and Craigslist. Today the “Job Market Search” is a whole new ballgame – and I’m trying to learn on the fly! I have a resume in PDF and Word form. I have several “Cover Letters” that I can tweak in an instant to fit any situation. I am learning the ropes of social media……Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ – you name it I probably have an account set up! Thankfully I sewed all of my wild oats back in the day where there were no “instant pictures” to document my every move! I don’t know how the kids of today keep their employers from seeing what I see on social media! Thankfully I am old enough to know better. That said, I am not that proficient in all aspects of these social applications. I can use my Facebook page and Instagram page pretty well. I am a little bit timid when it comes to LinkedIn, and I really have no clue how to use Twitter! I can remember when we called #hashtags# pound signs. See, I told you I would date myself with this post! I am learning new stuff everyday! Today when I went apply for a job, I turned on my computer, got a cup of coffee, checked my e-mail, checked Craigslist, Monster and any other website that promotes finding you a job and sent off my resume and cover letter to about 5 different places. Yes, the process is easy, but the outcome is so different than it was back in the day. I have no idea if they really received my resume or not. Although I did receive two rejection notices – so I guess they did receive it. Most of the time I hear NOTHING! CRICKETS! This is the one draw back I can see in today’s market about looking for work when you are 50+. You can’t send your charm or charisma through the internet. Charm is free and people are drawn to it. Charm makes people want to do business with you. I think that’s what I miss most about applying for a job in person. That one-on-one, and the eye contact. Nothing like making a first impression in person. In conclusion, if I knew how to send just a little charm with every single resume, I might be sitting on the other side of “Help Wanted”!