If you are in the over 50 club and looking for a job, you may need to separate fact from fiction. There are many myths about finding new employment when you are a mature worker.
Take this short quiz to find out how much you know about finding a job search when you are over 50.
1. LinkedIn won’t be effective for someone with so much experience. (True or False)
2. Finding a new job when you are a mature worker is next to impossible. (True or False)
3. One way to convince employers that you are right for the job is to show that you can learn something new. (True or False)
4. You will need to anticipate the interviewer’s questions and have good, thoughtful responses in order to show that you are the right person for the job. (True or False)
5. Your age can be an asset in your job search. (True or False)
Here are the correct answers:
1. LinkedIn won’t be effective for someone with so much experience.
False. LinkedIn is a great way to showcase your experience, and since there are some employers who believe that mature workers can’t learn new things, you should use LinkedIn to demonstrate that you are tech-savvy. You can upload PowerPoint presentations and link to major projects on your profile in addition to highlighting your recent work experience.
2. Finding a new job when you are a mature worker is next to impossible.
False. Mature workers can find jobs if they learn the job search process in this new economy. They also need a well-planned and well-executed job strategy to land a position that is right for them.
3. One way to convince employers that you are right for the job is to show that you can learn something new.
True. You need to demonstrate that you are current with your skill set and that you have invested in yourself in terms of training. You cannot afford to allow employers to assume that you are stuck in a previous decade.
4. You will need to anticipate the interviewer’s questions and have good, thoughtful responses in order to show that you are the right person for the job.
True. By giving careful thought to what you will probably be asked at the interview, you will dramatically increase your chances of leaving the interviewer with a positive impression. Without this type of preparation, you can easily be thrown off by an unusual question or draw a blank when asked a question that you should know the answer to.
5. Your age can be an asset in your job search.
True. One positive attribute that is generally true of mature workers is that they are very stable. They are far less likely to job hop than younger workers. Given this reality, you can make it a point to approach companies that you know have high turnover. The selling point for them is that you will not jump ship quickly. Another way in which your age can be an asset in your job search is that you have a wealth of experience that can lend itself well to the field of consulting. Identify consulting firms that may value your experience.
Call to Career specializes in assisting mature seekers with landing new positions. To learn more about how Call to Career can help you, call 877-743-9521.