It’s time to shut up about all of your past experience.
Faye Germer, renowned leadership speaker, displays amazing prescience in this article that compares experience to expertise . Her 2019 article has even more relevance to today's job scene.
“… telling people how many years of experience you have doesn’t advertise that you are better, it advertises that you are older.”
Ms. Germer sets out the (painful but real) argument that no one cares what you did in the past (I always call it the “my old school did it this way” syndrome). BUT take heart, she offers very real and do-able solutions to moving forward to attract/impress current management, hiring managers, and clients.
- Get more expertise.
- Figure out how to apply it with new trends and emerging technology.
- Be a force of the future, not the face of the past.
So take heart, ye who are stuck, unemployed, misemployed, or looking for a new start. Read this article and be encouraged by Faye Germer who has been where you are and
lived to tell about it THRIVED.