The Job Hunt For Older Workers
Kate Lopaze from the jobnetwork.com discusses issues that older workers face in the job hunt. She explains that if you find yourself looking for the next step or a fresh start as an older job seeker, here are some of the challenges you may face.
- You are overqualified. A lifetime of skills should be valuable, but many companies want to save money by hiring younger employees at less cost. Fight this by showing why the job should be yours, even if you are overqualified on paper.
- Potential employers might say that they need someone tech savvy in a role. The response is that you are ready to learn and do whatever is necessary to be more tech savvy.
- A potential employer might claim that they are looking for someone to grow into the role. This could be a code that the company wants someone younger and cheaper. Age discrimination is illegal, but it is a reality.
- The potential employer might be looking for a specialist. When seeking a job, pitch your strongest skill set.
- Or, they might simply say 'we don’t have any senior level openings.' Don’t give up. Network and make as broad of a search as possible to find an opening despite the fact that you are gracefully greying.
A lifetime of experience can be a valuable asset in the right place.
Henry S. Gornbein