I don’t know how many people come to me complaining about how their age is hindering with their job search, but it’s a large number. They feel defeated even before they have even looked at a job posting. You are not alone, if you are over 50 and are looking for a job but feel like your age is working against you. There is a subtle or not so subtle ageism that prevents you from getting hired. You experienced ageism if you have been told you are overqualified. Or maybe you are not the “right fit”. Those two terms are used to tell a candidate they didn’t get hired. Both are vague and in this litigious time can’t be quantified.
If you are discriminated against by a company for your age, do you honestly want to fight it? Even if you could fight it successfully, the company culture would be hostile toward you. Rather than go through that and then find yourself in a job search with a stigma against your name, concentrate on companies that welcome older workers. Every year AARP publishes a list of Best Employers for Workers Over 50. The entire list will appear Friday at the end of the 5 Tips to Fight Ageism: Get Hired at 50+ Part 2
The 5 tips you to get hired if you are over 50 are use your network, stay informed, use your age as your best asset in your résumé and cover letter, prove yourself in the interview, and update your appearance and look healthy. These tips will help you compete in today’s job market.
Networking is the most effective way to a new job. Regardless of your age, networking is responsible for over 80% of all obtained jobs. Network with friends, relatives, former colleagues, former managers, customers, suppliers, competitors, and people you come in contact with every day. Manage your network with LinkedIn.
Stay informed and current. Keep your skills and ability up-to-date. Take relevant courses, watch how to videos, search out and join professional groups in LinkedIn and take part in the discussions. Know about current technology in your industry and in what is used today-iPhone, iPod’s, tablets, eBooks, Wi-Fi, etc. Talk to teens about what’s in. Nothing says old like a type written resume on soft pastel resume paper. There have been many changes in the job search process in recent years. Use the latest job search strategies. Learn the age bias red flags and what you can do about them.
Coming up on Friday are: use your age as an asset in your résumé and cover letter, prove yourself in the interview, and update your appearance and look healthy. Along with the list of 50 Best Employers for Workers Over 50.
How can I help you in your job search?