Top 5 Age Discrimination Concerns For Workers Over 50
November 23, 2021
by Michael Yublosky
Bill Benoist provides coaching for what he calls “Superstars in Mid-to-Late Careers.” He has a YouTube channel with many good tips and advice for workers 50+. I recently watched this video entitled “Why Older Works Are Not Hired.” It offers some valuable information in your job search or for returning to work.
Benoist frequently talks about age discrimination existing out in the marketplace. I personally recall discussing the topic when I was teaching LinkedIn class for executive job seekers myself.
In this video Bill points out the five top concerns that a hiring manager or human resource professional generally has with regards to the subject of age discrimination. He also offers ways to address these concerns during an interview.
1. Do you as an older worker 50+ have the ambition, drive or energy to get the job done?
His advice is to make the opposite impression within the first few seconds of an interview by working on your body image. He even offers a link to a free body language course.
2. Do you engage in self-training and development? There are a myriad of online resources available.
Some offer accreditation so you can prove your efficacy.
3. Do you display the same kind of trust that younger workers do? This has to do with teamwork.
You must list your accomplishments and success stories on your resume and LinkedIn profiles and tie these into stories about working as a team with co-workers and other departments. This shows that you “have developed trust with these other individuals.”
4. Do you accept change, or do you resist it?
Be prepared to discuss how you actually drove change or embraced it.
5. Lastly, rounding out the top five concerns, is the issue of health although it will frequently won’t even be discussed.
Bill offers a mantra, or affirmation, or self talk, to help project an image of yourself as a confident professional who is eager to bring value to the company and position.
We hope you enjoy this video and its tips.
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