I recently read the following article in the October 21, 2013 edition of the Boston Herald. I liked it and thought it might be useful to people faced with this issue. The article, “Strategies Help Overcome Age Discrimination,” was written by Marvin Walberg, and is apparently based upon a book written by Ford R. Myers entitled, “Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.” Enjoy this article. You may be able to contact the author directly with any followup questions.
“Recent data show the unemployment rate for those age 55-plus is about 5 percent – a fraction of the total U.S. unemployment rate, which hovers at about 7.3 percent. This will no doubt come as a surprise to older job seekers struggling to find work.
Ford R. Myers, author of ‘Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring,’ finds that mature workers offer employers experience and skills that younger workers cannot. But many mature workers face age discrimination when searching for a new job. Myers suggests these strategies:
Maintain a high level of energy and project real vitality.
This allows you to take on challenging projects, keep up with the fast pace of business and get things done efficiently. So make sure you exercise to stay fit, show up early, move fast throughout the day, and work hard.
Leverage technology skills.
Employers are more likely to hire mature workers who can demonstrate strong computer skills and demonstrate comfort with technology.
Pay extra attention to your personal image.
Make a consistent effort to present yourself in the best light. Take stock of your appearance, and adjust your ‘look’ to be more current and stylish.
Pursue a temporary, part-time or contract position.
Volunteer, provide pro bono work, take on a consulting contract or complete an internship. this will show that you’ve been productive, even during periods of unemployment.
‘You can’t change your chronological age, so don’e waste mental energy thinking about it. Older workers who understand that their maturity and expertise are assets are more likely to land the job they want in the long run,’ adds Myers.”
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