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Beat Age Discrimination

Interviews can be rough for middle age job seekers

 

Age Discrimination on job interview questions and answers

Age Discrimination in Interviews Is a Huge Problem. It is very frustrating during your job search to go into interview after interview and not knowing why you are not getting any job offers.

If you’re over 50 and in a job search, you may be encountering a few challenges. Maybe you haven’t job searched in a while, or maybe you are experiencing some age bias, or employers telling you you’re “too qualified” for the job.
The good news is that because you’re over 50, you have a few advantages in the job search that younger workers don’t have. And it’s easier than you think to overcome the obstacles in your way.

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Age Discrimination Is a Huge Problem

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Specific job search strategies

As an older worker, you do have a stereotype to deal with. The perception is that older workers can’t take orders from younger bosses, they don’t do technology, they resist change, they lack energy, maybe they have health problems, and they cost too much.

Use your network

The biggest advantage you have as an Over 50 candidates is that because of your age, you probably have an enormous network. You’ve probably forgotten about all the people you know from school, from various jobs you’ve worked, from social groups, from churches, from your kid’s school, from all kinds of places. A good network is one of the greatest job search resources you can have.

Grow your network

Everybody should be on LinkedIn, whether they’re in an active job search or not. There are just too many opportunities there in terms of contacting people that you don’t want to miss. But don’t just set up a profile. Join groups. Participate in the discussions that come up. As your name gets to be known, you’ll likely pick up new contacts. And don’t forget about Facebook, talk about your job search on Facebook, too.

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Edit your resume

If you’ve been employed for a long time, you have a great problem: how to edit down everything you’ve done into a summary of your experience. Most over-50 people have no idea how to edit their resume so that it is less than 2 pages.

But it must be less than 2 pages. The great news is that your editing is going to leave only the best, most impressive stats for the hiring manager to look at.

You’ll probably have to edit it for each job you apply for. But that means that you can have a true marketing document that sells you for the position.

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Interviewing tips

There are probably two biggest obstacles you face when you interview.

First Obstacle –  They can let you know how you’re coming across in your answers. You probably won’t like doing it, but I guarantee you that the practice of answering those questions and the chance to refine your answers before you get to an actual interview will be worth it.

Second obstacle – will be when you have to interview with someone younger than you. If you find yourself in that situation, it’s up to you to make that situation more comfortable. Smile at them. Talk about things that show you have energy, like volunteering or the hobbies.

Try to project the attitude of: “I haven’t done this job before” or “I haven’t worked for this company before, so I’m sure that there’s a lot I could learn from you and I am excited to be learning it.”And then draw on your experience to answer those interview questions.

Giving real reasons why you are right for this job

In Summary

The truth is that if you’re over 50, you have a lot of advantages that younger candidates don’t have…like experience, knowledge, judgment, and even things like fewer childcare issues and a more flexible schedule.

Stay positive and concentrate on communicating why you’re a solution for their problem. Present yourself with energy and enthusiasm, use the resources you have available to you (like your network), and interview with confidence. You have a lot to offer.

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Are You Ready to Change Jobs

Are You Ready to Change Jobs?

age discrimanation 1But are reluctant to try because of all the Myths due to Ageism.

Yes, it is true that many employers are reluctant to hire older works and their reasoning doesn’t hold water. – You can turn this Myth into your favor. But on the other had there are many, many hiring mangers open to hiring older worker due to their work experience. So if you are middle age person, don’t let that hold you back.

With the economy stable and unemployment low, this might be a good time to send out those cover letter and resumes. The great thing is that you are still employed and can apply to those positions that you would like to work in without the frustration of being unemployed.

The bad news is that Hiring Managers are overwhelmed with applications plus they are having a hard time to find qualified people to fill those open positions. This makes the competition for that new job tough.

The Good news is that you can shine over the competition and get that job offer. Learn how by Joining us on this coming week webinar. Learn what you need to do in order to beat out your competition and get that DREAM job in 6 weeks.

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Finding a Job When You Are an Older Worker

Finding a Job When You Are an Older Worker

Older workers, those over 45, have a great deal to offer and most corporations recognize this.

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This is no longer the case in most fields! Longevity is now being seen as a positive. Consider that on the resume of someone who has been in the workforce for 20 years a hiring manager has a tremendous amount of information about the person before ever meeting him. The manager can see how stable his employment has been, what types of projects he or she been working on and for how long; having decades of experience is always a positive trait.

 

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If you are an over 45 worker that suddenly finds yourself looking for a new position, play up your longevity. Make sure you are familiar with all the latest trends. This is where networking is great because it will help you be sure you haven’t missed anything important. Then play up your contacts, your education, and your projects. Use your wisdom and skill to your advantage and in no time you will be employed again, and perhaps in an even better position than you thought possible.

This guest post is by Erin Kennedy, MCD, CMRW, CPRW, BS/HR, a Certified Professional & Executive Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services, Inc.

What To Do Next

If you are over 40 and looking for work or just want to change jobs, then register for our next free – Live – webinar on “5 SIMPLE TIPS TO BEAT AGE DISCRIMINATION” and learn what you need to know. You’ve got nothing to lose but an hour of your time.

At the end of the webinar presentation, you will be able to ask live questions to Peggy on any of your concerns.

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Why Are Older Women Discriminated Against in Job Interviews?

Why Are Older Women Discriminated Against in Job Interviews?

Why Women Over 50 Can’t Find Jobs

older women workingIf you’re a woman over the age of 50, finding work has statistically gotten harder since 2008.

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis recently published a study that showed that half of women over 50 who are unemployed are long-term unemployed. So what’s going on? – Ageism!

What explains discrimination against older women in job interviews?

This is a really interesting finding, because men seem to be exempt from this bias thinking in job interviews. The fact that women are the ones that don’t get the jobs when they’re over 50 and looking for work does make some sense.

The reason this makes a little since is because a lot of what women do in their lives is punctuated by time outside of the labor market such as taking care of family, taking care of children and women’s labor has always been devalued.

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So if you have an older woman coming to you and applying for a job, you’re going to think about what kind of experiences she had, what kind of skills she might have. Rightly or wrongly, and probably unfairly, you’re going to assume that she had some time out of the labor market and that she was doing something that was basically worthless, because she wasn’t being paid for it.

The fact that caring labor is devalued in our society is something we’re going to have to confront when more and more people have to be cared for as they get older. But what it does right now is that it hits a woman really, really hard when she’s trying to get hired.

What’s going through the mind of the employer?

The employer is probably thinking, “Alright. I have a job applicant who doesn’t have the experience that I value.” That employer is also probably a man, and he’s living with a woman who he probably didn’t pay to do all that labor for him.

So he’s thinking about his partner, who he probably loves very much, but whose work he probably devalues, and he’s thinking about this job applicant that doesn’t have the experience he can recognize.

One big problem is that we all live, including this employer, in a patriarchal society, and the very definition of patriarchy is that women’s lives, women’s skills, what women are offering up, their potential economic value, is all devalued.

So we all know that women’s economic value is less than men’s. Women are paid less in almost every job. But what’s surprising is that the chances of women getting a job after age 50 are a lot lower than men’s chances of getting a job.
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So How Do You Overcome This Ageism Bias?

If you’re over 50 and in the job search, you may be encountering a few challenges. Maybe you haven’t job searched in a while, or maybe you are experiencing some age bias, or employers telling you you’re “too qualified” for the job.

As an older worker, you do have a stereotype to deal with. The perception is that older workers can’t take orders from younger bosses, they don’t do technology, they resist change, they lack energy, maybe they have health problems, and they cost too much.

The good news is that because you’re over 50, you have a few advantages in the job search that younger workers don’t have. And it’s easier than you think to overcome the obstacles in your way.

As an older worker, you probably have a truckload of experience you can draw on to solve problems. Present yourself as a solution to their problems. You have the knowledge, you have the experience, and you are a resource. You don’t have to be trained. You can produce from Day One.

Those are all huge pluses for you as a candidate. Concentrate on selling yourself as that in the job search.

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Action Plan

Get in front on the Hiring Manager – Your future boss! You need to do more than just apply for jobs online because it only gets to Human Resources. That puts you in competition with many younger job seekers.

Take Action – Sign up for our next webinar “Stop Applying for Jobs–and Get Hired Instantly

Cover letter has to catch the eye of the Hiring Manger which then makes them what to read your resume. Sign up for our 5 Simple Tips To Beat Age Discrimination webinar to learn more.

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Edit your Resume – As an older person (and especially a women) you have to have a resume of top quality. You Resume has to be thinned down to 2 pages. Most older job seekers don’t know how to do this. We will show you how.

Take Action – Sign up for our next webinar “Guide to Job Over 50 into Ageism

Have a 30-60-90-day plan with you on the interview – You got to have this plan at your age, without you will stay unemployed. Again we show you how to create a 30-60-90-day plan that will get you the job offer.

Take Action – Sign up for our next webinar “5 Tips to Battle Ageism

Webinars – Join in on one or more of our Free Webinars. There you will learn about the problems and how to overcome them. In these webinars, you will have the opportunity to ask questions live to the host.

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Reference:

PBS NewshourMaking Sense.
Discussion and Video: Why women over 50 face can’t find jobs.

 

 

Are You 50 or Older

Are You 50 or Older – And Still No Job Offers?

– it’s called Ageism.

 

age discrimanation 1If you are out of work, middle age and frustrated by interview after interview and not being offered a job,  It may not be your fault – it’s called Ageism.

If you’re middle age and in the job search, you may be encountering a few challenges. Maybe you haven’t job searched in a while, or maybe you are experiencing some age bias, or employers telling you you’re “too qualified” for the job.

As an older worker, you do have a stereotype to deal with. The perception is that older workers can’t take orders from younger bosses, they don’t do technology, they resist change, they lack energy, or maybe they have health problems, and they cost too much. These are just a few bias reason hiring Managers may have with you.

 

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The good news is that because you’re over 50, you have a few advantages in the job search that younger workers don’t have. And it’s easier than you think to overcome the obstacles in your way.

I’m going to show you how to make the most of the advantages you do have, and how to knock down the obstacles in 3 places: your presentation in the job search, in your specific job search strategies, and in your job interviews.

To learn how, you have to do one of two things or both:

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At the end of the webinar, you can ask live all the questions you may have. This is your livelihood we are talking about here – So do it NOW, Register for the webinar and download the free Pdf reports.

 

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Specific Job Search Strategies When Over 50

Specific Job Search Strategies When Over 50

Use your network

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age discrimanation 2The biggest advantage you have as an Over 50 candidate is that because of your age, you probably have an enormous network. You’ve probably forgotten about all the people you know from school, from various jobs you’ve worked, from social groups, from churches, from your kid’s school, from all kinds of places.

A good network is one of the greatest job search resources you can have. Tap that resource by calling, emailing, or messaging as many people as you can. Touch base and see how they are…maybe even send them some article or something you’ve seen that you know they’d like. Let them know you’re in the job search, tell them what you’re looking for, ask if they know of anyone or have heard of anything, and offer your assistance to them. The more people who know you’re looking, the more ears you have to the ground to find out about any new opportunities.

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Grow your network

I already told you that you should be on LinkedIn. Everybody should be LinkedIn, whether they’re in an active job search or not. There are just too many opportunities there in terms of contacting people that you don’t want to miss, But don’t just set up a profile, join groups. Participate in the discussions that come up. As your name gets to be known, you’ll likely pick up new contacts.

Talk about your job search on Facebook, too. The possibilities there are practically endless. Your friends have friends, and they have friends…you just never know where that ends. It’s very likely that someone knows someone who knows someone you need to talk to.

And take steps to grow your in-person network, too. I think that volunteering is an excellent way to pick up new skills or meet new people who might lead you to fresh opportunities.

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Edit your resume

If you’ve been employed for a long time, you have a great problem: how to edit down everything you’ve done into a summary of your experience. Most over-50 people I talk to have no idea how to edit their resume so that it is less than 2 pages. But it must be less than 2 pages. The great news is that your editing is going to leave only the best, most impressive stats for the hiring manager to look at. You’ll probably have to edit it for each job you apply for. But that means that you can have a true marketing document that sells you for the position.

Don’t put the dates of your education on your resume, and only go back 15-20 years of your experience. Probably those earliest jobs don’t have a lot to do with your current job, so they don’t matter that much anyway.

IN OUR CULTURE, YOUTH EQUALS ENERGY

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Job Offers Are Harder For Middle Age Workers

Job Offers Are Harder For Middle Age Workers

Why Hiring Managers are Reluctant To Hire Older People

older interviewerAs an older worker, you do have a stereotype to deal with. The perception is that older workers can’t take orders from younger bosses, they don’t do technology, they resist change, they lack energy, maybe they have health problems, and they cost too much.

Let’s hit these one at a time:

They can’t take orders from a younger boss.

For some people this is a huge sticking point. It can be hard to take direction from someone young enough to be your child. And that person may be nervous about giving you that direction. This is just an attitude issue.

If you can believe that the person in that position is there for a reason and it really is going to be possible to learn something from them, then you are in a much better mental place for this job search. And your positive attitude will make you more attractive to employers.

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They don’t do technology.

Make absolutely sure that you are up to speed on whatever the latest technology or software is within your field. Take a class if you need to. This is an important point for everyone in the job search, but it’s even more critical for older workers because of this perception.

 

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They resist change.

If you’re keeping up with the latest technology, this is going to be less of a problem for you. But go ahead and make sure that you’re on LinkedIn and Facebook and that you know what you’re doing with them. Be active and join groups. Your actions will speak louder than your words here.

They lack energy.

The best way to fight this misconception is to constantly be learning. Be able to talk about the latest book you read or the class you took or whatever you’ve done to maintain or upgrade your skills. And I love to have candidates talk about their hobbies like dancing, hiking, or volunteering or anything that gets you up off the couch and projects an image of energy.

They have health problems.

The hobbies I just talked about will help you here, too. If you’re active and energetic, you won’t have so many health problems to begin with. And if you do have health problems, don’t get so comfortable in the interview that you talk about them. Keep any mention of them out of the picture.

They cost too much.

You could easily run across employers who will assume that you won’t work for what they’re paying. Their position doesn’t pay as much as what you’ve earned before, and they can’t imagine that you would take a pay cut. To make it easier to get a job, your whole attitude needs to be, “I want to work and contribute. The money is a secondary consideration.”

The other presentation tips I have for you are the same as what I’d tell anyone else: Take care of your physical self, because it will make you more attractive to employers. Get a fresh, updated haircut. Get a stylish but conservative interview outfit. Shine your shoes. You must project confidence in your body language and smile.

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And remember that the job search is a sales process, so what do you have to offer as a product? If you’re an older worker, you probably have a truckload of experience you can draw on to solve problems. Present yourself as a solution to their problems. You have the knowledge, you have the experience, and you are a resource. You don’t have to be trained. You can produce from Day One.

Those are all huge pluses for you as a candidate. Concentrate on selling yourself as that in the job search.

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