Over 40? 7 Ways To Beat Age Discrimination In Your Job Search

I work with clients who are considered “seasoned workers” – those who have worked for 20+ years in a particular industry or professional arena. They come to me because for whatever reason—downsizing, a company merger, outsourcing—they find themselves looking for work. They frequently feel lost. They don’t know where to turn and they don’t know how to start their job search.

Related: 4 Tips For Overcoming The ‘Seasoned Worker’ Stereotype

They will say, “I’ve never been out of work before. I have never gone without a paycheck. I don’t know where to turn. I am learning that I need a job search strategy, but I don’t know where to start.”

Too often, these individuals find themselves looking for months, and even then, they wind up taking a job that is part-time or for less pay. They feel lucky that they have found anything at all. They don’t feel that they have a lot of options, and depending on their particular field, they may be right.

It is not a secret that age discrimination is real and, unfortunately, it is alive and well in today’s world. Those individuals who are in their 40’s and 50’s find themselves being squeezed to a certain degree between the Baby Boomer generation and the generational group we refer to as the Millennials.

The Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are working longer out of concern about not having saved enough for long retirements. The Millennials are the generation were born somewhere between the early 1980’s and the early 2000’s. They are willing to work for less money and are often perceived by employers as being more trainable than those who are older and more experienced.

So what are people in who are well into their 40’s and 50’s who suddenly find themselves out of work to do? They are too young to retire and too experienced to want to start from scratch. They don’t want to let too much time lapse between jobs, either because they know that gaps in employment sometimes poses its own set of problems.

Here is what I recommend to my clients:

1. Embrace your age and your experience instead of being afraid of it or trying to hide it.

A potential employer is going to figure out how old you are and will hold it against you if you try to hide it or fudge on your resume. You want to be credible, after all, and you want to be perceived as being honest. Embrace your age and don’t apologize for it. It is what it is. Your task is to make it work for you instead of against you.

2. Take time to review your work history and decide what you want to do moving forward.

What do you have that is unique to you with regard to your specific talents, aptitude, education, and set of experiences? No one but you has your specific set of experiences and background, so work that to your advantage.

3. Determine exactly what you bring to the table.

How can you solve a company’s specific problem, make them money, or save them money, better than anyone else? Decide going in how you are going to make the case for yourself.

4. Be sure you have kept up with technology. …Read the rest of this article here


About facet
FACET is a human resources consulting firm specializing in the four phases of the Talent Management Cycle: Attract, Retain, Develop, and Transition. The Group's practice specifically addresses facilitation of smooth career/life transitions for individuals leaving organizations as well as career management, leadership training and coaching for employees whose assignments within organizations are impacted by change or other organizational needs. By application of several directions of pursuit, the corporation accomplishes a single goal: maximum utilization of human resource potential and productivity through efficient hiring, training and career development. The Facet Group was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. As an ARBORA GLOBAL PARTNER, The Facet Group shares a parallel philosophy of the highest quality and standards with other owner invested firms. Through this network, we provide services worldwide. To address organizational needs outlined by its clients, The Facet Group offers a comprehensive package of workplace consulting services, focusing on providing high quality, creative programs which favorably impact the bottom line.

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