We have to be able to set back and re-evaluate ourselves to see how we can 'lean' down to a saleable product. I sent out over 3500 resumes worldwide. Some of the few responses were very informative, but most wanted someone who would take less and do more with huge responsibilities. For myself, I had to figure 40+ years in construction and 22+ years as a site super didn't seem to mean much to anyone but me.
I did not throw it out the window, but decided that I would minimize my past, and high-light what would sell me to the project. I am not the smartest person in my field, schooling wise, but figured if I truly want the job I would have to compromise and accept the fact I would need to settle for a lesser compensation to be able to get what I needed to survive.
I know this seems long winded, but please bear with me.....
You will need to stress your experience and project history while also stating the willingness to start lower down the ladder and work back up to your previous level. My age has a BIG minus factor with a lot of companies that seem to feel they can get a person they want to train and pay less for, and settle for a leeser product to boot. This is wrong on so many levels, but is turning out to be the new mindset. Train yourself to think way outside the box, be flexible, and try not to belittle yourself.
WE ARE PROFFESIONALS, THE ONES WHO HAVE BLEED FOR OUR FAMILIES!
Don't give up, keep putting yourself out there, work your intro letters to fit the position, be brief and to the point. Look into starting off in a contract position with an eye to a more permenant position, if that's what it takes. I did.
Remember, you can be your own worse enemy. Have someone critique your cover letter and resume, maybe do one or two practice interviews and see (maybe even record one with one of your buddies that can be firm but fair in their evaluation). You really have nothing to lose but everything to gain. And if nothing else, feel good.