How Older Workers Can Compete with Newbies

Thanks to Joyce Whitted for posting a great question on our Facebook page

 “What types of suggestions do you have for those of us who are older and competing
with all the newbies who are just graduating from college?”

An analysis by the National Employment Law Project released in March showed that the number of people 50-plus unemployed for six month or longer catapulted from 325,000 to 1.8 million between 2007 and 2011. Last year, 42% of older jobless workers were unemployed for more than a year.

Six Tips for Older Workers to Get Jobs.

How Older Workers Can Compete with Newbies
The good news from the AARP Bulletin is that workers age 55-plus got 67% of the jobs in 1st quarter of this year.  It was combination of convincing employers of the value and experience that older workers offer. Here are some tips:

  • “Eighty-five percent of the reason people get jobs and get ahead in those jobs is because of attitude,” says 85-year-old, world famous motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar. Reaching forward with a positive attitude turns stumbling blocks into building blocks. It propels you above and beyond your circumstances. You will feel better, sound better and look better.
  • Discover your strengths: experiences, abilities, personality, interests, values and spiritual gifts/calling. Hold on to the truth that you are uniquely designed by God. No other person has your DNA and personal history. Be confident that you are God’s workmanship created for good works.
  • Be clear about the job you seek.Target opportunities that are best for you in six ways:
    • Occupation:  The work you do – Job functions you perform?
    • Industry:  For whom you work – Type of employers or customers you seek to serve?
    • Location:  Where you work – City, state, country?
    • Income:  How much you make – Cash compensation and benefits?
    • Platform:  Do you want to be an employee, contractor, owner, or volunteer?
    • Culture:  Operating values that are important to you?
  • Don’t just look for a job. Seek to serve someone who needs most what you do best. Identify people, groups and organizations that match the occupation, industry, location or cultural values you want, like for example AARP. Network through personal referrals online and on the ground. For those of us who are age 55+, checkout these groups and resources:
  • For your resumes and interviews, you have the advantage of selecting and promoting your most relevant experiences and accomplishments for the job you want. First, do homework on yourself using these self assessments. Next, learn how to write resumes that get results, and prepare for interviews that get you offers.
  • In the new world of work, you do not just wait for offers, you make offers. Think “ME, Inc.” Consider yourself like a 1-person corporation owned by God. No matter who you seek and what they want, identify their needs and propose solutions. Figure out what they want accomplished, and recommend how they can get the results they want.

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