Older Job Seekers
Recent Thoughts:Job Search and Older Job Seekers
Older job seekers – 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’d decided to launch out as an independent contractor so I did a lot of careful brand management. Working hard on projecting an energetic and delivery focused image, that didn’t actually include how old I was, paid massive dividends. 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 as an employee 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’ve never regretted it. Now, of course, I enjoy my life as a coach.
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.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link