There are many things you have to remember in your job search. But I think the most important thing you have to remember is that your age doesn’t have to hold you back. In fact, there are ways you can use your age as an asset.
With some simple tweaks to your job search, you will be able to show the hiring manager that you are the right one for the job. You can make the hiring manager not even consider your age by emphasizing what you bring to the company.
Here are a few ways you can make your age a non-issue.
- Age-proof your résumé—Removing dates from your résumé will only send up red flags. But there are better ways to age-proof your résumé. Fill it with honors and awards that show how you do your job better than anyone. Use percentages and dollars to show how you have saved the company time and money, and made the company money. Instead of listing the duties that you have done in the past, use PAR stories to prove your claims.
- You are as young as you feel—Taking care of you is vital. Your health shouldn’t give your age away. Exercise and do yoga or other stretching activities will keep you looking fit. Yoga is especially good for keeping you flexible and able to move without showing signs of pain. If you have health issues, follow the recommendations of your doctors. Take your medication properly and on time. Follow a diet that is healthy. Get the amount of sleep that you need.
- Age is just a number—Dress for your age but stay current. Dressing younger isn’t dressing like teeny boppers. It means your clothes fit you properly, are clean, and in style today-not when you bought them 15 years ago. Your hair needs to be flattering for you. Keep it well maintained. If you color your hair, take care of your roots. You don’t have to color your hair if you have a style that is stylish and looks good on you. If you glasses have huge frames and have little initials in the corner, it’s time to change them.
- Stay up-to-date—Nothing says old like not knowing what an iPad is or an mp3 player. You don’t have to go out and buy the latest technology, but talk to a teenager and learn what is available today. Know what social media is and what it does, again a teenage will be a good resource. Keep your skills updated. Are there newer versions of programs you have used? What are the changes? Find out what the cloud means.
- Attitude—Be positive and confident you can do the job. Be engaging and enthused about the opportunity. Show you are forward thinking and not stuck in the past. Saying things like, “in my day, we did it this way” won’t get you hired. Let them know you are open to learning new things.
Use your age to convince the hiring manager you the right person for the job. Because of you skills and abilities you know what you are doing, and you are capable of learning. If your first resume was typed on a typewriter and you are reading this on your computer, you have come a long way. Don’t hate your age, celebrate it. You have the skills the company needs. Let your skills overshadow your age, and you will be hired.
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