5 Tips to Beat Age Discrimination - Online Workshop - Register Here
Was your career booming in the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s?“Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30” Remember the line? It was from the cult movie “Wild in the Streets."
In this 1968 film, those over 30 were put in concentration camps to finish out the rest of their lives taking LSD. For some job seekers, that is the only explanation for today's job market - a bad LSD trip! It's hard for many us who are 40,50, 60 and even 70 years old to watch Father Time move forward at seemingly faster than light speed. Wasn't it just 1975?
Back in the day, there was an abundance of exciting and well paying jobs for both those that attended and did not attend college. Since 9/11, the brakes have a distinctive screeching sound and smell of burning rubber. As if the pads need to be replaced all too frequently.
The facts are:
- There are fewer jobs today that are just right for you.
- Many are lower paying jobs.
- Many require new job skills.
- The jobs are not as rewarding for most It can be very discouraging.
To successfully get hired is no longer a straight line. It is a path that requires highly trained skills that few either have or are willing to learn.
So lets touch on 5 Habits To Beat Age Discrimination in Hiring that, from our perspective, separate the ultimate winners from the rest during a successful job search.
- Establishing a grand aggressive job search plan over 90 days.
- Creating a resume and Linkedin profile that represent your most current and relevant accomplishment, not just your skills.
- Really being comfortable with the technically tools in today's world. Not as a an abstract basis like you studied it in a text book. But your body smells of it.
- Practicing/Rehearsing- interview questions over and over and over. Answering the tough questions that could be based on your age.
- Networking at strategic and stratospheric levels. Local physical networking, phone , Facebook, Linkedin connections, groups, Tweeter and more. Finding who the decision makers are not just the HR blockers and tacklers.
The facts are still here:
- 7.4 % unemployment rate Average duration of job search for unemployed workers age 55 to 64 was 11 months.3 months longer than age 24-36.
- 4.2 million people are unemployed over 27 weeks.
- Younger workers unemployment is more severe than older workers: avg 16.8% vs 5.6%