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Getting old should not harm your chances of getting a job and just playing it right can help your employment prospects in a number of ways. An example of this is Edward R. Mills who was 61 at the time of the interview. When asked what he did in his spare time all he said he competed in tennis tournaments and did “a little bit of hiking”, taking out a recent photo of him hiking at 14000 foot, Mount Whitney. He was offered the job immediately by WNET-TV and today still works at the same job that is as demanding as ever. His success story gives motivation to other old job seeker even the baby boomers, who face bias at their work because of their age. ExecuNet, a career-networking organization in Norwalk, Connecticut conducted a survey, which reported that after the age of 50 or at it, age plays a major role in organizations that hire.
In order to get over this hurdle, a few tips are listed that can boost your chances to get a job and help an interviewer see a more youthful you.
• The first way is when preparing your resume; it is best to not include the work done once you graduated from college and the date of graduation as well. A better plan would be to list the work done in the past ten to fifteen years. An instance of such method working was when Mr. Sanders was looking for a job in 1999 at the age of 63. He used this technique of resume writing in order to just sell himself to his potential employers and got the job as well. Even the CEO, David Levitt of OpenOrders said, “He probably would not have gotten in the door” with a full disclosure of his job history. ” A disadvantage of this would also be that people wouldn’t have an idea of your age but would see you as a very good candidate and offer entry level positions. Like when Rodney Struhs went for an interview and was given this line by the interviewers. “We’re not really looking for someone with as much experience as you have.” And they were quite surprised to see a balding and stock person.
• Another change would be in the sense of dressing, try and dress young. It is best to look fresh and not old. So you could buy new shoes, update the wardrobe, dye the gray hair, and get medical attention for the baggy eyes, etc and a lot more other changes in order to look young.
• Though there maybe a bias since the interviewee is old, this bias can be changed and Dave Opton, CEO of ExecuNet has also been witness to this. Mark Rigor, a 49 year old rises at five in the morning and rides his bike around ten to thirty miles a day and his tactic was that he radiated youthful zeal by always asking interviewers: “Is there an opportunity in your area to bike? I’m a serious biker.” He was hired as a sales representative for Sure Alloy Steel.
• The best thing to do during the interview is to show and sound eager in mentoring young employees. Even updating your skills will be witness to your skill of adapting to changing technology. It will show that you are capable of working under a younger boss, a team player, and take multiple roles in the work place.
© 2008 Anna D. Banks, GCDF
Do you have any questions about career development or lifestyle changes for Baby Boomers, which you think others, like you, would want to know the answers? Email your questions to me at Anna@AnnaBanks.com.
Studies have shown that a large segment of mature people now want to stay employed or re-enter the workforce at the middle aged stage. There are several reasons as to why more mature people choose to start working again and many of these can be inter-connected.
The reasons why mature workers remain motivated for staying in, or re-entering the workforce, can be diverse and include:
• A necessity based approach that if focused on wages and pay.
• Satisfaction based, from contribution to economy and social contacts in the workplace (important especially for women or people living alone)
• Continuing usage of skills and abilities, expertise and capacities that are relevant to the workplace but with limited visibility and relevance outside.
• A good set of principles and work ethics, or a good set of values they have about work
• Complete pleasure and satisfaction in working, or comfort and familiarity with regular routines
However, most senior citizens don’t necessarily have to work where they worked before, or they don’t need to work in the same style as before. In fact, a considerably large number don’t want just any ordinary job, they want a kind of occupation or vocation that will allow them to fully express their interests and beliefs, values and morals and even changing objectives. While most mature adults can be looking for changes as to where and how they would like to work, for others, work might actually be something akin to a financial necessity. Today, in the United States, people aged over 45 are increasingly getting back into work, largely because they need good health care coverage, for example.
Financial independence is also and important factor in the work force re-entry of mature women. In the group of ethnically and economically diverse mature women in America, freedom from men seems to be a major motivation for work. Part of this emphasis on freedom from men – be it financial or any other sort of ties (whether spouses or children) comes from past negative experiences, some from the perceived risks of divorce, separation, abandonment, and ill treatment, faced by dependant women.
A number of reasons, in addition to the financial ones drive older, more mature people to get back to working. These may range from the fitness to the social issues. The reasons why mature adults re-enter the workforce are:
• To remain physically as well as mentally active.
• Due to family and relationship changes
• Job satisfaction
• Because they need a routine
• Want more to do
• Crave for more social contacts that can only be provided by work
The ones who do retire may not permanently leave the workforce, finding retirement less enjoyable than expected and may soon re-enter the workforce.
As increasing number of mature workers enter the workforce, there is an increasing number of 50+-year-old job seekers. Barriers, real or perceived, and the expectation of rejection undermine morale, and hurt self-confidence. Despite legislation making age discrimination illegal, it can be quite problematic, particularly for the unemployed seeking work out of necessity.
Some of the negative aspects that are attributed to older workers are:
• Lack of creativity and flexibility
• Outdated and archaic skills and abilities
• Tend to be accident prone
• Less capable of physical labor
• Poor health
In fact, research shows that older workers are:
• Diligent workers
• More experienced
© 2008 Anna D. Banks, GCDF
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By Anna D. Banks, GCDF
I have had several people send me this video – so I guess I need to pass it along. It may make you angry but frankly, I found it to be funny, as well as extremely well done.
It’s been several years that many career and workplace gurus have been hammering the message that the workplace is changing. And everyday, I run into people who are alarmed that things are not the way they used to be at “their company”.
On the April 3, 2008 edition of 48Day.com Radio Career Coach Dan Miller interviewed a caller who was distraught that he was losing his job after 27 years with the same company. But then again, it was not the “same company.” There were multiple mergers and acquisitions along the way. All his old bosses and co-workers were gone, yet he was angry that they were now pushing him out the door. It should not have come as a surprise – especially since his compensation had crept up over the years to $268,000. Now, this didn’t mean he was dead in the water. It just meant he better be aware of the new opportunities for “free agents.” And then rock and roll.
By Anna D. Banks, GCDF
The Hidden job market includes all those jobs that aren’t publicly advertised. There are many brilliant career opportunities that come under this hidden job market category. However, today, along with most of the conventionally advertised jobs in the market that are moving onto online advertising, even the hidden job market has begun to go online. However, a major portion still remains hidden.
Why Tap into the Hidden Job Market?
• If you happen to be looking for a vacancy in an emerging industry or technology where the objectives and requirements are still to be clearly defined, perhaps the hidden job market is the best place for you to tap into in order to get that position that stands up to your qualifications. In this way, if you also have an exceptional set skills, which don’t really fit in with any of the common, traditional types of jobs, then you will have the opportunity to get that position that matches with your skills and qualifications by tapping into the hidden job market.
• If you are searching for an opening or a position where there are only a handful of openings, or an overabundance of qualified as well as overqualified candidates, then it is wise to refer to the hidden job market where there are fewer candidates and more job openings. This would include senior executives and managers as well as other technical and professional fields that have limited openings.
Effective Hidden Job Market Strategies
If you happen to be an outgoing person and are fine with mingling with people, then networking is the right way to go. Networking and targeted networking are two excellent methods to help tap into the hidden job market. Apart from traditional job-searching strategies and online hunts, quantitative marketing is another good way to tap into this hidden market.
• Traditional Networking – This strategy would involve creating a list of all your professional and personal contacts. You inform all of these people that you are looking out for a job and you would like their help in pointing you in the right direction, or if they know of others who could help you. Typically, you can start by sending them e-mail or a letter and explaining your situation. Then, you can follow-up meeting or a personal call. Networking can be the most effective strategy if you already have cultivated a whole network of career-related contacts. If you happen to be a member of a professional organization that concerns your field, then this is the best place to start off with networking. If you aren’t a member, then now is the best time to become a member. Always be tactful while networking and don’t expect help instantly. Another good way to network is to go online.
• Targeted Networking – Another hidden job market strategy is targeted networking, which helps replace or enhance the outdated Informational Interviewing or Referral Interviewing strategies. It is a straightforward strategy that helps contact major decision makers in targeted organizations and industries. Yes, it is quite difficult, but it is possible. The purpose behind this form of networking is to contact certain companies of interest and the major decision makers in the desired department. The aim is to represent a candidate for any impending openings, current openings, or to get a referral to other decision makers within the company or at other organizations.
© 2007 Anna D. Banks, GCDF
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