First, age discrimination is illegal. Does it happen? Sometimes, but it’s hard to prove. Being an older worker can affect your job search, however it’s nothing that should hold you back from successfully gaining employment. You’ll just need to be very wise in how you conduct your job search.
There are plenty of things you can do to overcome the bias some employers may have against older workers. The strategy is a three-part process:
Apply to jobs that make sense for your experience level.
If you’ve been management for quite a few years, it’s not going to make sense to apply for entry level positions. Hiring managers will see that and discard you as over qualified. If you are doing this because you want to transition into a new career then you’ll have to consider strategies specifically geared toward career transitions – such as strong networking, cover letters that clearly convey your career goals, etc.
Create a resume that gets you the interview.
An employer should not be able to determine your age by looking at your resume. What an employer should see is that you are clearly qualified for the position. A good resume will get you interviews and one step closer to a job.
Below are things to pay attention to you on your resume.
Ace the interview.
If you’ve followed steps 1 and 2 you should be getting calls for interviews but you may be thinking – They’ll know my age when they meet me at the interview. To this I say – it depends.
Follow these tips.
To be successful in the job search process keep in mind the above if you are an older worker. It’s your job to present yourself as someone who is energetic and capable, and highlight your strengths.
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