Too Old Is Not An Excuse-mycoolboy

Business " ‘I’m too old’ shouldn’t be an excuse when job hunting" There are many myths that creep into our lives. I am sure you remember a lot of them that you experienced as you were growing up. They include dragons under the bed when we were very young children to roadblocks to a good job when we reached middle age. Most individuals conquer the former fear (at least we hope they do), but many retain the latter and actually inflate it to the level of a "self-fulfilling prophesy" as they get older. As a career marketing consultant I often hear the cries of clients whose greatest career concerns have nothing to do with job satisfaction, compensation, location or even the state of today’s not-so-great economy. Instead I hear "How will I get a job at my age?" or "I’m too old to change jobs!" These comments originate with individuals who often are not all that old (some are still in their 40’s), those who use the age factor as an excuse to avoid the efforts required to mount a successful job campaign, or those who are truly older and scared. Why has age suddenly become such a concern to so many otherwise talented and qualified workers? Actually, age, as a prejudicial factor, has been around a lot longer than most people realize and not just in the job market. In many sectors of our society we find age to be a determinant in forming opinions and making choices. Being a charter member of the "Baby Boomer" generation I spend a lot of my time with others in the same general age group. So, it has occurred to me that maybe the perception of a problem has not become greater than it has been in the past. It simply might be that with the large "Boomer" population we are just more aware of it; we tend to hear more conversation about it. Looking strictly at the job market, there is no doubt age (or "being too old") does play a part in hiring decisions made by some employers. These individuals are concerned about whether the older job candidate will relate well to a younger supervisor, whether he or she will be able to adapt to "new" ideas or whether the applicant’s health will hold up. Is there one simple answer to this problem? Not really. But, if you are one of the many suffering from this fear, maybe the following thoughts will ease some of these concerns. The fact that you are even worried about obstacles to a job change indicates you are probably ready to make that change. Go for it. You more than likely will discover a whole new you and a fresher (younger?) outlook on life as you are exposed to new challenges, new business associates, or a new environment. How will you go about this transition? After all, haven’t we already determined age is a deterring factor? Attitude is a good place to start. Accepting an invitation to an interview when you know you "don’t stand a chance" is a poor beginning. Be positive, radiate energy, avoid lecturing the interviewer on how things were when you were younger. Keep in mind that the worker who is 50 years old is only two-thirds of the way through a productive career life span. Remember, too, there are definite advantages to being older than the other candidates. You have more experience lending to mature judgment and the ability to determine fresh new ways to handle problems. You have developed successful work patterns. Your personal life is probably more settled, your age is now an asset. Now that you are convinced you can do it, don’t forget to incorporate these ideas into your resume and cover letters. Don’t advertise your age by concentrating on a year-to-year career history. Emphasize instead your achievements, how you have and will continue to analyze and solve problems. "I did it before, I can do it again." And may I make a comment to you employers, those of you responsible for hiring the right people. There is a role for you also. Avoid falling prey to stereotypes and preconceptions. If your job is to help your company make a profit, utilize those easily available assets which will contribute to those profits. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: