Despite the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, age discrimination still exists in the work-force. With the advancement of technology, research shows that it is only getting harder for older employees to find jobs. But if you can stay current and up to date in your line of work, your experience should pay off. Here are a few things to consider while working in your later years.
Don’t get intimated by technology
Job seekers may get intimated when they see a job description that requires skills with certain software and computer programs they haven’t used. Instead of just giving up after seeing the job requirements, you should teach yourself how to use new and updated software to stay current in your industry. These days you can take online courses, and there are numerous how-to videos on YouTube. If you showcase your knowledge in new software, it will only enhance your experience and length in the field.
People in their 50s tend to recommend others around that age. In fact, they often feel more confident in recommending people their age because of their experience and maturity level. So the next time you’re out with your golf buddies, be pretty clear about the type of job and company you’d like to work for. Make sure when you’re networking, you’re also being very clear in your strengths as an employee.
Update your resume
Update your resume, if you’re using a Yahoo! or Hotmail email account, change it to a Gmail account. This goes hand-in-hand with our recommendations to staying up-to-date on your technology skills. Make sure your certifications are up to date, and listing any software/skill-set may be outdated, chances are it will show your age to any potential employers.
Learn to accept feedback
It is a stereotype that older employees are unwilling, unbendable, stubborn, and stuck in their ways. Learn to accept feedback from fellow employees as well as your employers. Don’t shove off any good advice from your co-workers just because you think they are younger, just keep changing and updating your skillset with the times, and your experience will shine through. By staying open-minded you can have a positive work experience.
Use the internet to find a job
Most jobs are now listed online, it is much easier to find job postings and much faster to get a response from companies. There are tons of jobs listed on sites such as Indeed, Career Builder, and Zip Recruiter.
Update your wardrobe
By keeping your wardrobe stylish and modern, it will show others that you are up-to-date and stay in the know. We’re not saying wear a backwards baseball cap on your head, but the right dress shirt and pants can really take you back 15 years. Be careful of looking like you’re trying too hard, as that may appear desperate.
By taking these tips into consideration, your experience in your field of work should be the cherry on the top for any new employers as there is no denying the benefits that come with experience and maturity. Remember, there is no need to get intimated by the changing times as long as you are confident in your skillset and ready to prove yourself.