Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter provides several tips for older workers.
1 of the things I know is the most older workers are fearful of age discrimination. Some of that you may bring on yourself and I want to address some of those things in order to ensure that we can eliminate some of those things and that you have an opportunity to really shine on your interviews.
The 1st thing is just recognize that if your parents looks like it is from the 1950s or 60s, if your hairstyle is not appropriate for modern times, if your wardrobe suggests that is seen better days because it is 20 years old, it is time to get an update-- to change her hairstyle, change your wardrobe to make it more current. I'm not suggesting that you move to the most modern fashions because there is always something ludicrous about extremely old people like me (I'm in my 60s) dressing as though I am in my 20s.
Just be smart and where timeless things but make sure that they appear "current." Even the things that are, shall we say timeless can appear dated... And you know what I mean.
Just show your most recent positions on your resume. No one cares about what you did in 1968. Focusing on the last 10 or 15 years. If you are hired based upon things that you did while Ronald Reagan was president, it is unlikely that you will escape the bias that will come up.
Education – – keep the dates off. A lot of people attempt to be tricky and put the education the end of the resume. Just think it would you normally would and just remove the dates. By showing the last 10 or 15 years of your experience, you will be able to appear more current.
Cover letter – – a quality cover letter goes a long way. Don't send it as an attachment. Send it as the body of the email in order to ensure that people actually read what you want to communicate to them.
If you're only planning on being around for 2 years and then retiring, they probably want to know this, but I wouldn't volunteer to disclose it.
Attitude – – you are someone who has done it before. Carry yourself as someone who is confident and knows what they are doing. If you're asked that classic question of age discrimination, "how would you feel about working for a younger person," answer them by saying, "I've done it all the time. When you get to be my age. Everyone is younger." You accept the fact. Provide as much input as the hiring manager wants to have and keep the rest yourself. If they don't want to hear stuff from you, you don't share it. It's that simple. I try to be supportive an ally. I don't want to be a new headache for that person. That's a very simple way to handle that.
Lastly, anything in your background that demonstrates stability is always an asset for you. Play it up in the course of your interview.
Again, the 1st thing starts off with your appearance. Don't lose sight of your wardrobe. Don't lose sight of your hair. Carry yourself properly. If you have a few panels that you can afford to take off, do it. You may think that your wardrobe is appropriate, but if you are short is screaming open and your bellybutton can be seen while you are seated, if the button on your blouse is pulling, get another blouse. Dress properly.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
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