More Tactics For Senior Adults To Combat Job Search Ageism
August 9, 2022
by Michael Yublosky
Last month I wrote an article “Combating Ageism in Job Search for Senior Adults Unretiring“. It highlighted some tactics senior adults 50+ could use in their job search as listed in an article on Get Hired. Among the tactics listed were:
- Problem solving
- Staying current and up to date
- Structuring your work history around the job you’re applying for.
- Doing extensive research the company you’re applying with.
Just yesterday Due published “10 Ways to Overcome Ageism While Job Hunting During Retirement” authored by John Boitnott. It offers some additional tactics older workers should consider in their quest to return to work.
The article first claims that “It’s never too late to start a new job” provided you can overcome one of the biggest obstacles – ageism.
The blame for this obstacle is laid somewhat on hiring managers and recruiters who have an “unconscious biases related to older workers” and often stereotype their abilities and intentions.
I found these additional suggested tactics to be valuable:
- Stay confident and encouraged while maintaining a good attitude. Data suggests senior adults “are more productive, educated, and loyal than younger workers.”
- Make sure your resume is up to date and your cover letter focuses on the job applied for. Highlight your strengths and show the benefit of your experience that makes you a fit for the position. Express eagerness to return to work.
- Network and connect at events with fellow professionals while building relationships. You may even discover a job opportunity by doing so. It will certainly build your confidence.
- Keep persisting regardless of any negative outcomes. “There are many reasons why someone won’t get hired for a job.” You must
“trust that the right job will come along for you”.
Take the initiative and be proactive on your job search. “Don’t wait for someone to contact you.” Reach out to anyone with a potential opportunity and follow up.
- Practice answering interview questions to “build confidence in articulating your strengths and goals.” Ask a colleague, friend or relative to actually role play with you.
Boitnott encourages older workers to remind themselves that they are “a competent and capable worker with a lot to offer.” He encourages tenacity and to “forget about what anyone else thinks…trust your experience and capabilities”.