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What Are Some Strategies To Landing Another Job After 50?

February 24, 2022

Senior Adult Job Interview

by Michael Yublosky

A Wall Street Journal article by Ray A. Smith caught our attention here at xBound a few days ago. Smith offered some insights to help professionals learn “The Secret to Getting a Better Job After 50.”

Just last month senior adult workers 55+ represented almost a third of this nation’s total job seekers. Although age discrimination is illegal many of those seniors face agesim when applying for work.

The author cited a 2021 university study he claims “found people who opposed racism and sexism at work were still likely to harbor prejudices against older employees and to believe such workers should step aside for younger colleagues.” Other examples of age discrimination were offered.

Ray offers some counter strategies to help overcome that bias. He advises us to “confront the reality of age discrimination head-on instead of avoiding it.”

Note: I used to give the same advice to professionals I counseled while teaching job-seeking strategies and tactics on LinkedIn.

Here’s part of his advice (not necessarily in rank order and I’ve also added some of my own recommendations):

  • Try to appear younger in person by staying fit, wearing more modern clothing, styling your hair, de-emphasizing the gray, etc.
  • Add some modern flair to your resume with updated terminology. Check jargon on job descriptions you’re applying for, resume sites and advice articles.
  • Avoid aging yourself in print by and avoid long employment histories stretching over decades. User shorter, more relevant timelines.
  • Present yourself as a team player rather than appearing to be a know-it-all – cite accomplishments as part of a larger group rather than as a loner.
  • Sell yourself as a suitable mentor for younger associates as well as willing to take advice from them.
  • Avoid “job applicant-screening bots” that pre-screen you based on factors such as long gaps in employment, noting outdated application fluency and aged email accounts as determined by artificial intelligence means.

A key element is to emphasize your talent and not your age or years of experience. Smith quotes Richard W. Johnson (director of the program on retirement policy at the Urban Institute) as authoring “employers value wisdom, so it’s important to emphasize what you’ve learned and what you’re good at, not the amount of time you spent in the labor force.”

Job seekers can open a free xBound account and upload their resumes at Seekers Getting Started.

Michael Yublosky
Michael Yublosky is truly an xBound success story. Yublosky specializes in LinkedIn and internet marketing and works on a part-time basis to stay current and relevant. He helps senior adults and small businesses establish their unique brand, identify target markets and keywords, differentiate themselves and develop professional strategies and tactics to engage with prospective employers or clients. He also teaches senior adults how to enhance their technology and computer skills to better adapt to current demands. Connect with Michael on LinkedIn.
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