The article assures ageing career seekers or switchers that there are still opportunities available for employees of their age if they just know how to look. The changes required for this type of job search, however, can seem counterproductive to seekers who are still utilising the same techniques from when they began their career back when they were younger.
For instance, the first piece of advice that the article gives is for ageing job seekers not to try harder, which may seem counterproductive at first glance. What the article means by this, however, is that if a certain job searching strategy has proven ineffective for a job seeker so far, it may be time to give it up and try a new approach.
“This, understandably, can be hard for aging job seekers who are used to finding career success through traditional channels,” says our AGE121 representative on the matter. “However, the job market has changed more drastically in just the last few decades than ever before with the advancement of modern technology, and older job seekers who want to become new employees somewhere cannot afford to ignore this. This means embracing social media as a recruitment tool, as well as online job postings and digital networking.”
The article also recommends that older job seekers redesign their resumes to hide their age. This does not, the article explains, mean to lie about how old one is, but instead to remove things like college graduation dates that make the age of the applicant obviously advanced. Instead, the article encourages job seekers to let hirers get in touch with them out of interest before letting them find out how old they are. This way it becomes harder to dismiss an older applicant out of hand for their advanced age without first becoming impressed with their skills and experience.
It is also important, the article continues, for older job seekers to brush up on those skills that they may not have had to use in a while, such as proper interviewing techniques. “The experience that these older and wiser job seekers have is a potential boon to employers,” we at AGE121 explain, “but only if they still know how to utilise it effectively and can show that they still know how to adapt to necessary change.”