50 and Older Job Market Issues

50 and Older Job Market Issues

Posted on 21. Nov, 2013 by in Career Coaching, Career Paths, Careers, Featured, Job Seekers, Personal Branding, Transitions

Due to the challenging job markets lately, there are a lot of older generation employees wondering how to get hired. The key is recognizing and remembering that your work experience can play a supportive role as well as a leadership role with organizations. The two need not be mutually exclusive.

If you’re over 50, you’ve probably had the experience of being labeled as overqualified. And in response to this unwanted job-search slur, you’ve probably done what any intelligent, ambitious individual would do: Dumb yourself down on your resume.

A good move, but what does this do to your career confidence? If today’s market is telling you repeatedly in rejection emails that they are not concerned with your achievements, it’s no wonder your self esteem is shaky.

As an over 50 job candidate, you have a unique challenge to struggle with during the interview. Even though the interviewers are telling you that you are overqualified, you are suddenly feeling very inexperienced. This is because you’re overqualified because of the simple length of your resume, the style of your suit, color of your hair, and lingo in your business repertoire.

You’re under qualified because you may lack some understanding of today’s rapidly evolving technologies, flattened infrastructure, and business culture. Coming to terms with this before the interview is an essential component to building back your career confidence.

Be confident that you could do many of the job duties of the interviewer just as easily in the pre-computer generation. That doesn’t make you stupid. Many people couldn’t do a lot of jobs if it weren’t for computer programs helping them along.

Figure out your strengths and what you can bring to the table as far as being able take on a leadership role. It will still be a learning experience but we all have to learn something sometime. It’s important to know multiple aspects of your professional self prior to your job search, and it’s important to know how to present them to your next employer on paper and in person.

 

 

Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR, is a Certified Professional Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of nine best-selling career books.

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2 Responses to “50 and Older Job Market Issues”

  1. Henny

    21. Nov, 2013

    You make quite an assumption that people over 50 don’t know the business lingo and have below average computer skills. You are just as ignorant as all the others dismissing the skills of the over 50.

  2. WDP

    23. Nov, 2013

    with over 30 years of IS healthcare experience and out of work the last 6 months, what Hospitals etc. want is ‘some’ experience and a low salary demand. Some… revenue, IS, PC experience qualifies now…

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