Job Hunting Tips for Middle Agers

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Job Hunting Tips for Middle Agers
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Fri, 06-14-2013 - 2:33pm

Huffington Post put out a good article with job hunting tips for those of you who are more experienced (aka older): 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ann-brenoff/job-hunting-tips_b_3361900.html

What do you think about the suggestion to emphasize your experience, even if thatgives away your age?

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Registered: 01-03-2004
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 7:50pm

I whole-heartedly agree with the suggestions in the article, including not hiding your age. However, I don't think it's necessary to put the year you graduated with a specific degree. If they ask for transcipts, that's going to be apparent, just as your age will be if you're called in for an interview.

I also agree you shouldn't have an email that gives away your age aka "johnsmith1966@email.com." Again, why give someone a chance to eliminate you from the stack because you give them a birthday?

A little homework goes a long way in preparing for applying for a job and for an interview. Alot more information is available online now so go look up the company or organization and learn what you can about what they do or make, who is on the board of directors, their mission statement, etc. This takes a lot of the guessing out of what to ask about or how to present yourself.

The biggest barrier older workers have to employment is their own self-perception. I hear too many job candidates over 40 disqualify themselves as "good candidates" with words like, "Well, I'm getting old." "I won't get hired because I'm older." Etc. 

Attitude is everything. IMO, if you don't make a big deal out of your age an employer has less reason to make it an issue.