Older Job Seekers

Older Job Seekers

Advice from Wendy Smith. Wendy is a Career and Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on life and your career.  You can book a FREE coaching session or find out more at this link

Older Job Seekers – I’ve been thinking about the challenges that older job seekers face. In my experience they do have it tougher. But, if you ane an older job seeker, with the right approach you can radically increase your chances of success.

Getting a job as an older candidate usually means working hard on projecting an energetic and delivery focussed image that doesn’t actually include how old you are.  You can show evidence of capabilities without necessarilty saying how long you’ve spent honing them.

Older job seekers need to put a lot into “managing the brand.” Commit to good presentation, as well hard evidence of what you can deliver. It is important for all job seekers but particularly for older candidates.  Think about how you are likely to be perceived. A confident, upright, open, posture projects energy. Let your enthusiam show through. Work hard not to show cynicism.

Do your homework on the latest developments in your field. Show that you are not afraid to learn new things. But at the same time show you do have wisdom and experience to share. Youe experience of life, as well as work, will be useful to them.

Career coaches and life  coaches like me are around to help you thrive and succeed in challenging times. I’ve worked with lots of older candiddates to help them find and win good opportunities. Get in touch at this link – I would like to discuss how I can help you.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in helping people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. She has worked in management as well as coaching and personal development, as well as starting up her own businesses. That means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up a new business or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link

 

Older Job Seekers

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 wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

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