If you’re a boomer who is looking for work, no doubt you are experiencing your share of difficulties—many of them may be due to ageism. This nasty aspect of the job search could well prove true and may have already impacted you or your friends. Nevertheless, I’m suggesting you don’t buy into all the depressing and disheartening statistics you’re finding in the daily news.
As most of you know, I am a career counselor/job search specialist with a Masters Degree in Career Development and 20 plus years of experience. Over my career, I have worked with literally thousands of older applicants so I feel I’ve got a handle on the special issues and challenges they face. What is more, I believe the #1 fear that holds many older jobseekers back is the fear that applicants over 50 are no longer valued in the workplace.
Therefore I’m on a mission to end the pervasive fear and defeatism that stops so many boomers in their tracks. To bolster my cause, I suggest there are five reasons not to buy into all the doom and gloom. We’ll cover the first three today:
- #1 Consider the source: The media knows bad news sells so that’s just what they spin: bad news on just about everything.
- #2 Try not get depressed by their statistics: The figures they cite are drawn from generalities and take no account of the personal drive, focus, and energy an individual puts into his/her job search.
- #3 Many boomers add to the unhappy job search figures: They haven’t looked for work in years—sometimes decades—so they don’t have any idea of how to look for a job now. Using outdated methods will cost you time, effort, and money, and greatly hamper your chances of finding work.
In my next post, we’ll cover the final two reasons to not buy into all the discouraging news. In truth, January and February are the strongest hiring months of the year—so make certain you are taking best advantage of this opportune time and drive your job search forward with strategies for today’s competitive market. By knowing a few critical tips and techniques, you will shave weeks and maybe months off your search.
So why feel defeated by a perceived sense of ageism when you can achieve success? After all, you’re a baby boomer, a member of the most influential generation in history, and a jobseeker on the feisty side of fifty!
And for even more key strategies to successfully navigate today’s difficult job market, be sure to check out Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50. This step-by-step guide shows you how you can turn your age into an advantage and brand yourself for success.