Job Search and The Older Worker

Are you an older worker looking for a new job?

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Older workers are valuable

Doing a job search as an older worker is a little different than for someone who is in their early 20’s or 30’s.  It is important to remember that as a mature worker you bring skills and assets that the youth are unable to deliver.

When you are looking for a new job, it is important for you to believe that you’re going to get the job.  I have had many clients who tell me they are “too old”.  The thing is, if you think you’re too old and you won’t get it, then you won’t get it.  So why not tell yourself that you will get the job and think about the reasons why is a good fit for you.

Think about this question.  Why do you want the job you are applying to?

It is important to be excited about what you’re doing.  You must really want to do it, and believe you can do it.  If you don’t, you won’t be able to convince the interviewer.

I am currently over 70 and there are many jobs I look at and believe that I could do them and that I could be hired if I were to go for an interview.  I am confident that the skills and experience I bring are valuable, however since I am self-employed and can set my own hours I have decided that I don’t want to go back to working for someone else.

It is important that you believe that you have the skills and knowledge for the job you are applying for and that you believe you would be a valuable asset.  Don’t think of your age, think of your ability!    An older worker (a.k.a. mature worker) can be an employer’s greatest asset.

Older Workers HAVE:                                             Older Workers ARE:

  • The ability to problem solve                          ▪  A resource
  • A seasoned point of view                              ▪  Mature
  • Good judgment                                             ▪  Well rounded
  • A wealth of skills and transferable skills       ▪  Patient, wise and dedicated
  • Experienced change                                       ▪  Consistent and practical
  • Raised their families                                      ▪  Understanding of other age groups
  • Life long learning experiences                       ▪  Aware of their strengths and weaknesses
  • Perspective, the ability to see the big            ▪  Loyal, dedicated and focused   picture                                                            ▪  Secure and self-directed
  • A work history and a work ethic                   ▪  Open to suggestions
  • The ability to train and mentor others           ▪  Street wise in the working world
  • Been exposed to a wide knowledge base      ▪  Survivors
  • Leadership skills                                            ▪  Self-sufficient and self-confident
  • An understanding of what is expected         ▪  Resilient, versatile and flexible
  • A sense of humour (easy going)                    ▪  Willing to learn new things
  • The ability to navigate work politics             ▪  Empathetic
  • More references and networking contacts     ▪  Realistic

Are you an older worker who needs a little help believing in yourself?  Contact me  

Fran WatsonFran Watson, Career Counsellor


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