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, but it is important to remember that as a mature worker you bring skills and assets that the youth are unable to deliver such as a strong work ethic, loyalty and knowledge of what the working world is really like.  Research shows that older employees are more likely to show up to work on time, and less likely to call in sick. Older workers also do not switch jobs as often as their younger colleagues.

When you are looking for a new job, it is important to believe that you're going to get the job.  Some of my clients  tell me they are “too old”, when they are quite a bit younger than me.  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.  You might want to read a book that I am currently reading.  “You Can If You Think You Can” by Norman Vincent Peale.

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.  Don't let yourself get caught up in the belief that employers don't want an older worker or that you are “old”.

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, but 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 very 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!    As a result an older worker (a.k.a. mature worker) can be an employer's greatest asset.

Older Workers HAVE: 

  • The ability to problem solve
  • A seasoned point of view
  • Good judgment
  • A wealth of skills and transferable skills
  • Experienced change
  • Raised their families
  • Life long learning experiences
  • Perspective, the ability to see the big picture
  • A work history and a work ethic
  • The ability to train and mentor others
  • Been exposed to a wide knowledge base
  • Leadership skills
  • An understanding of what is expected
  • A sense of humor (easy going)
  • The ability to navigate work politics
  • More references and networking contacts

Older Workers Are:

  • A resource
  • Mature
  • Well rounded
  • Patient, wise and dedicated
  • Consistent and practical
  • Understanding of other age groups
  • Aware of their strengths and weaknesses
  • Loyal, dedicated and focused
  • Secure and self-directed
  • Open to suggestions
  • Street wise in the working world
  • Survivors
  • Self-sufficient and self-confident
  • Resilient, versatile and flexible
  • Willing to learn new things
  • Empathetic
  • Realistic

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

Fran WatsonFran Watson, Career Counsellor


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