Because of your age and level of experience, a job search over 50 comes with many more options and a much better network and list of contacts and colleagues than most your younger competition.
The network of people who know and respect you, a network built up over the years, will help you succeed in your job search over 50.
For older workers who lose their jobs, the statistics are not very encouraging.
Though the unemployment rate for people over 50 is more than two points lower than the older workers who lose their jobs -- they are also out of work for a longer period of time.
Another issue that comes up for older job-seekers who have lost a job, is the sense that you are out of the loop -- you must over come the impression/ stigma that time has passed you by.
Make Age Your Asset, Not Liability
IF your doing a job search over 50, don't hide from your age, instead use it to your advantage. Use concrete examples of your competencies, achievements and skills to show how you have more experience and a deeper understanding of what it would take to be successful in the position. Use what your younger, less experienced competition can not.
Network, Network, and then Network some more
Networking is one of the greatest skills a 50+ job seeker can develop. Take advantage of that large network you have to track down that next job. Contact the people that you know and/or have worked with in your career. By age 50, you know many people in your industry, profession, and/or community.
Shine on the Interview
Many older workers have avoided regular interviews by being promoted up the ranks through the years, and are a little rusty when it comes to this important skill. The Interview is the place where you connect with the employer, sell yourself and show that you have the energy, passion, and excitement necessary to do the job.
You’ll have to work a little harder than your younger competitors to show that you’ll fit in, so be sure to think carefully about how you want to be perceived -- practice until you feel comfortable.
Show You're a Team Player
A younger manager may have concerns about managing someone the age of their parent, or may feel that an older applicant won’t be able to relate or work with a younger team. Show that you are a team player and won’t have a problem taking direction from and learning from younger colleagues.
Show Off Your Tech-Savvy
The ability to use technology is seen as one of the biggest differences between younger and older workers. Show potential employers that you can navigate technology with the best of them by carrying and using the right devices, having a presence on social media sites such as LinkedIn, and communicating via text and email -- show them time has not passed you by and you can use the tools of today's business world.
Take Some Online Classes
Just like staying relevant with the technology of today...It's important to stay up on all the latest in the business world -- period! Participating in online education demonstrates you are eager to learn new things and aren’t stuck in your ways, but also indicates that you are comfortable with technology.
Be Part of the Solution, Not the Problem
In the end, what does age have to do with it anyway? The biggest problem many candidates have is that they have difficulty selling themselves as the solution to the problem. Do your homework by researching the organization and identifying the issues they face. Use your skills, experience, and knowledge to show how you hold the key to solving their particular problem, and your age will no longer be a factor.
It’s tough for everyone out there, so don’t take it personally if your job search lags on. Stay positive, keep networking, focus on your skills and competencies, and you’ll be identified as the best person for the job.
Try one of these resources for even more assistance:
Your local library
This site's success will hinge on me helping you solve problems. For those of us over 50, we face more challenges than others younger than us when competing for jobs and getting doors to open.
I invite you all to share your stories of challenge and successes. We all can learn from those who have faced the same challenges. The idea here is to help and be helped - so please add your comment or insight!
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