Job Seekers over the age of 45 take note- being older in the workplace can truly be an asset. I’ve been working with job seekers for years, and the fear of age discrimination is one of the most prevalent concerns for both younger and older job seekers. The way to overcome any negatives associated with your age, is to fight back with a strong understanding of the benefits that your age and experience lend to a future employer. Check out the great article by Laurie Kellman of the associated press that shows how being a bit older at work can often be a big plus. Here’s an excerpt:
Nearly half of those born between 1946 and 1964 now work for a younger boss, and most report that they are older than most colleagues. But 61 percent of the baby boomers surveyed said their age is not an issue at work, while 25 percent called it an asset.
Only 14 percent classified getting older as a workplace liability.
In fact, most of those who have reached age 50 noted that co-workers seek their counsel more now than when they were younger. And a third said their employer treats them with greater respect.
Check out the rest of the story via this link: Poll: Working boomers say age a plus at office – Yahoo! News.
And then, if you’re looking for work right now and over the age of 45, sit down and make a list of the positive attributes that you bring to work, specifically the ones associated with your age and experience. Memorize those benefits, practice how to bring them up in an interview setting, talk with friends and family about them, become comfortable and confident with connecting your age with your value to an organization. If you are well prepared and truly believe that your age is a positive, you can definitely turn your age into a competitive advantage in your job search.