Age can be an asset in a job search, not a hindrance. Just because you’re over 50 doesn’t mean you are unemployable. Don’t show desperation during your job search activities, particularly when meeting new people in networking settings and job interviews.
Here are four ways to show potential employers and other career influencers just how much value you have accrued in your 50+ years:
- Embrace technology and social media. Show that you are open-minded and capable enough to enhance your skills and personal brand using these tools. Maintain a constant presence on all of the active social media platforms (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google+), and support these efforts with profiles on static websites (about.me, flavors.me and zoominfo.com) that portray your value and expertise.
- Become active in your industry associations. This enables you to bring even more value and experience to your future engagements. Wherever possible, assume a leadership role so that as you’re recognized for your important contributions to the group, being in the spotlight will also help them get to know more about your professional skills and career goals.
- Network, network, network. A successful job search or career transition for those over 50 involves extensive networking, where you can highlight the deep experience you can bring a future employer, compared to someone younger. You can also emphasize your ability to work with multiple generations and cultures.
- Show a potential employer that you are a continuous learner, by attending courses and completing certifications, diplomas and other designations. At any age, we all need to learn.
Contrary to popular belief, many employers enjoy hiring mature candidates. Not just for their expertise, but for their stability. Put ageism and its negativity behind you, and move on. New opportunities beckon!