Age discrimination is really not cool. Unfortunately, it still happens. According to the author of Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, mature workers should rely on their experience and loyalty to promote themselves in a positive light compared to their younger counterparts.
Per a press release, Ford R. Myers states, “Mature workers are more likely to stay put for longer than their younger counterparts, thus reducing turnover, which lowers the costs associated with hiring and training.”
As for job hunting strategies, he emphasizes maintaining a high level of energy and vigor.
“This allows you to take on challenging projects, keep up with the fast pace of business, and get things done efficiently. So make sure you exercise to stay fit, show-up early, move fast throughout the day, and work hard. Bring a sense of urgency to everything you do.”
While you’re moving around, leverage those technical skills. If you can demonstrate strong computer skills and a comfort level with technology, you’ll catch the eye of employers who may have been skeptical about hiring a mature employee. And if your skills are less than sharp, it’s time to take a refresher course.
In addition to taking courses, stay engaged! He recommends pursuing temporary, part-time or contract work. Other suggestions include volunteering, providing pro bono work or taking on a consulting contract.
He adds, “This will show that you’ve been engaged and productive, even during periods of unemployment. You can’t change your chronological age, so don’t waste mental energy thinking about it. Older workers who understand that their maturity and expertise are assets are more likely to land the job they want in the long run.”