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Give your résumé a shot of Botox

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Update your image by Botoxing your résumé, says Lisa Johnson Mandell, author of Career Comeback: Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want.

Like the cosmetic procedure, Botoxing your résumé is a way to “lift, firm and freshen your look,” says Mandell.

She used the strategy herself in her 40s. At the time, she sent out hundreds of résumés, but didn’t get a nibble in return. Her husband offered, “No offense, sweetie, but you look old ... on paper.”

“Once I let him back in the house,” she says, “we decided to stage a career comeback” that required using social-networking efforts, among other things.

How Mandell Botoxed her résumé:

1. Lift all your freshest, strongest qualifications to the top. Erase “age lines,” such as a graduation date or outdated job skills.

2. Build up a vital web presence via Facebook, LinkedIn and even your own profession-oriented blog. Mandell says that if you can be easily found online with your professional assets featured, people may approach you before you even apply for a job.

3. Pay a professional photographer, if needed, to create a flattering, professional, engaging photo of yourself.

Bottom line: Mandell says, “The minute you choose to leave the past behind and dedicate yourself to the future, you will find new opportunities and challenges that will move you forward.”

— Adapted from “Do you need to ‘Botox’ your résumé?” Mary Ellen Slayter, SmartBlog on Workforce.

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