If you’re over 50 and in the job search, you may be encountering a few challenges. Maybe you haven’t job searched in a while, or maybe you are experiencing some age bias, or employers telling you you’re “too qualified” for the job.
If you are over 50, would you like to beat every bias against you in the job search and get the job you really want? Career Confidential and Peggy McKee have put together a Guide to Getting a Job Over 50 and are giving it away at NO cost.
In this message, you’ll discover:
* 6 Biases Employers Have Against You–and How To Overcome Them All
* 3 Strategic Job-Finding Tips That Take Advantage of Your Strengths, and Build New Ones
* 2 Interview Tips That Demolish An Employer’s Objections To Hiring You
Why we’re giving this report to you? Because we have a passion for helping job seekers and we want to introduce you to the world-class resource that is Career Confidential. There’s absolutely no obligation. It is a gift for you. Enjoy!
Age discrimination is a Hugh problem.
74% of the people listed on LinkedIn said they have experienced discrimination in the hiring process.
3 out of 4 have experienced discrimination that affects their income.
The good news is that because you’re over 50, you have a few advantages in the job search that younger workers don’t have according to Career Confidential and Peggy McKee. They provide a Free Roadmap to Job Search Success and Career Coaching to all.
According to Peggy McKee it’s easier than you think to overcome the obstacles in your way. She’ll show you how to make the most of the advantages you do have, and how to knock down the obstacles in 3 places: (1): your presentation in the job search, (2): in your specific job search strategies, and (3): in your job interview.
(1): Presentation in the job search
As an older worker, you do have a stereotype to deal with. The perception is that older workers can’t take orders from younger bosses, they don’t do technology, they resist change, they lack energy, maybe they have health problems, and they cost too much.
Let’s hit these one at a time:
Problem 1: They can’t take orders from a younger boss.
For some people this is a huge sticking point. It can be hard to take direction from someone young enough to be your child. And that person may be nervous about giving you that direction. This is just an attitude issue. If you can believe that the person in that position is there for a reason and it really is going to be possible to learn something from them, then you are in a much better mental place for this job search. And your positive attitude will make you more attractive to employers
Problem 2: They don’t do technology.
Make absolutely sure that you are up to speed on whatever the latest technology or software is within your field. Take a class if you need to. This is an important point for everyone in the job search, but it’s even more critical for older workers because of this perception.
Problem 3: They resist change.
If you’re keeping up with the latest technology, this is going to be less of a problem for you. But go ahead and make sure that you’re on LinkedIn and Facebook and that you know what you’re doing with them. Be active and join groups. Your actions will speak louder than your words here.
Problem 4: They lack energy.
The best way to fight this misconception is to constantly be learning. Be able to talk about the latest book you read or the class you took or whatever you’ve done to maintain or upgrade your skills. And I love to have candidates talk about their hobbies like dancing, hiking, or volunteering or anything that gets you up off the couch and projects an image of energy.
Problem 4: They have health problems.
The hobbies I just talked about will help you here, too. If you’re active and energetic, you won’t have so many health problems to begin with. And if you do have health problems, don’t get so comfortable in the interview that you talk about them. Keep any mention of them out of the picture.
Problem 5: They cost too much.
You could easily run across employers who will assume that you won’t work for what they’re paying. Their position doesn’t pay as much as what you’ve earned before, and they can’t imagine that you would take a pay cut. To make it easier to get a job, your whole attitude needs to be, “I want to work and contribute. The money is a secondary consideration.”
The other presentation tips I have for you are the same as what I’d tell anyone else: Take care of your physical self, because it will make you more attractive to employers. Get a fresh, updated haircut. Get a stylish but conservative interview outfit. Shine your shoes.
You must project confidence in your body language and smile.
And remember that the job search is a sales process, so what do you have to offer as a product? If you’re an older worker, you probably have a truckload of experience you can draw on to solve problems. Present yourself as a solution to their problems. You have the knowledge, you have the experience, and you are a resource. You don’t have to be trained. You can produce from Day One. Those are all huge pluses for you as a candidate. Concentrate on selling yourself as that in the job search.
(2): Specific job search strategies
Strategy (1): Use your network
The biggest advantage you have as an Over 50 candidate is that because of your age, you probably have an enormous network. You’ve probably forgotten about all the people you know from school, from various jobs you’ve worked, from social groups, from churches, from your kid’s school, from all kinds of places. A good network is one of the greatest job search resources you can have.
Tap that resource by calling, emailing, or messaging as many people as you can. Touch base and see how they are…maybe even send them some article or something you’ve seen that you know they’d like. Let them know you’re in the job search, tell them what you’re looking for, ask if they know of anyone or have heard of anything, and offer your assistance to them. The more people who know you’re the more people who know you’re looking, the more ears you have to the ground to find out about any new opportunities.
Strategy (2): You Need to be Active Online
Establish a FaceBook Page and LinkedIn Profile.
Join Groups in LinkedIn and Participate in Group Discussions.
Strategy (3): Grow your network
I already told you that you should be on LinkedIn. Everybody should be on LinkedIn, whether they’re in an active job search or not. There are just too many opportunities there in terms of contacting people that you don’t want to miss. But don’t just set up a profile. Join groups. Participate in the discussions that come up. As your name gets to be known, you’ll likely pick up new contacts.
Strategy (4): Talk about your job search on Facebook, too.
The possibilities there are practically endless. Your friends have friends, and they have friends…you just never know where that ends. It’s very likely that someone knows someone who knows someone you need to talk to.
And take steps to grow your in-person network, too. I think that volunteering is an excellent way to pick up new skills or meet new people who might lead you to fresh opportunities.
Strategy (5): Set Your Resume Apart
Older job seekers have unique issues, mostly having to do with dates and experience. Your resume should be no longer than 2 pages. Only list the Last 10-15 years of your work history Edit your accomplishments Don’t put dates of your education on your resume
Strategy (6): Edit Your Resume
If you’ve been employed for a long time, you have a great problem: how to edit down everything you’ve done into a summary of your experience. Most over-50 people I talk to have no idea how to edit their resume so that it is less than 2 pages. But it must be less than 2 pages. The great news is that your editing is going to leave only the best, most impressive stats for the hiring manager to look at. You’ll probably have to edit it for each job you apply for. But that means that you can have a true marketing document that sells you for the position.
Don’t put the dates of your education on your resume, and only go back 15-20 years of your experience. Probably those earliest jobs don’t have a lot to do with your current job, so they don’t matter that much anyway.
Strategy (7): In Our Culture Youth Equals Energy
Present an Energetic Appearance to Employers. Make sure that your haircut is up-to-date and stylish. Buy a new interview suit. They want to see someone who’s active and vital.
(3): Interviewing tips
There are probably two biggest obstacles you face when you interview. The first one is that you might not have interviewed in a while. The only cure for that is to practice.
Tip (1): Play Role the Interview with Someone Else.
- A Career Coach
- Someone Younger than you
- Practice Interview Questions and answers
- Practicing your answers will make you sound better and more positive in the interview.
They can let you know how you’re coming across in your answers. You probably won’t like doing it, but I guarantee you that the practice of answering those questions and the chance to refine your answers before you get to an actual interview will be worth it.
The second obstacle will be when you have to interview with someone younger than you. I’ve talked to more than one candidate who faced an interviewer who was obviously scared to death to be interviewing, much less hiring, someone old enough to be their mother or father. If you find yourself in that situation, it’s up to you to make that situation more comfortable. Smile at them. Talk about things that show you have energy, like volunteering or the hobbies we talked about. Try to project the attitude of: “I haven’t done this job before” or “I haven’ worked for this company before, so I’m sure that there’s a lot I could learn from you and I am excited to be learning it.”
Tip (2): A Younger Boss May Feel Awkward Giving You Direction
- Make them Comfortable
- Smile at them
- Talk about things that show your energy
- Project a positive attitude through
- – I haven’t done this job before
- – I haven’t worked for this company before, so I’m sure that there’s a lot I could learn from you and I am excited to be learning it
And then draw on your experience to answer those interview questions. What stories can you tell that demonstrate that you’ve solved those kinds of problems before and you can do it for them, too?
If they tell you you’re overqualified, come back with, “I do have a lot of experience, but that’s great news for you. You’re going to have someone who’s done this before, who understands what it takes to be successful and can do that again for you.”
Or you can say, “The truth is that I am overqualified for this job. But the reasons I want it are X, Y, and Z.” And those reasons need to be your own personal reasons why this job is a good fit: because there’s no travel, because there is travel, because the commute is shorter, because the work is something you’ve always been interested in and never gotten the chance to try before.
Make them feel better about hiring you. Give them a reason to hire you.
Tip (3): Give Them Real Reasons Why You’re Interested in the Job
- Less Stressful
- Less Hours
- Miss the Hands-on Work
- Shorter Commute
- Requires Less Travel
- Requires more Travel
- It’s something you‘ve always wanted to do
The truth is that if you’re over 50, you have a lot of advantages that younger candidates don’t have…like experience, knowledge, judgment, and even things like fewer childcare issues and a more flexible schedule. Stay positive and concentrate on communicating why you’re a solution for their problem. Present yourself with energy and enthusiasm, use the resources you have available to you
(like your network), and interview with confidence. You have a lot to offer.
(4): Additional Resources for You:
Resource (1): Job Search and Interview Training Webinars
Resource (2): Career Confidential Products
Resource (3): Personal Coaching
Resource (4): Total Access Club (TAC)
If you need help with your career please get back to me.
We sincerely hope you enjoyed reading today’s message.
To your higher income and job search success,
The Business Doctor
Business Development Director
Profit Builders Inc.
1st Degree Tae Kwon Do Black Belt (Kukkiwon)
Former 10th Special Forces Member
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