Recent Thoughts:Job Search and the Older Candidate
I’ve been thinking about the challenges that older job seekers face. Yes, in my experience they do have it tougher. But with the right approach you really can increase your chances.
I left the Civil Service at 60, a few years ago. I had decided to launch out as an independent contractor so I did a lot of careful brand management. I worked hard on projecting an energetic and delivery focussed image that didn’t actually include how old I was. I showed evidence of capabilities without saying how long I’d spent honing them. Looking for work as a contractor is different to job search in subtle ways. But the result was that I was actually offered two good jobs before I picked up my first contract. It took quite a lot of resolve to turn them down and hold on for what I really wanted, but I did. And I didn’t regret it.
Now, I’m not telling you this story because I think I am exceptional – I don’t think I am. Except that putting so much into “managing the brand” probably was exceptional. I learned a lot from the experience about committing to good presentation, as well hard evidence of what you can deliver. I now encourage that in all my job seeker clients, and particularly the older ones.
As some of you will know I’ve got a rather rather busy week. Progress continues on the countdown towards the launch of my second novel, Blood Brothers, on 1st October. If you wish you can follow the countdown at this link;
It has meant a lot of very hard work so your support in spreading the word will be much appreciated.
Meanwhile, if you need the support of someone who is a career coach (as well as other things) in your job search or career development, please get in touch.
I wish you, and those you care for, the most wonderful week.