It’s not always easy for older job seekers to find

It’s not always easy for older job seekers to find work. Do not get in the way of your own success. Try these tips to enhance your chances of landing employment.

In my Suite 101 article, “5 Tips Job Seekers 50 plus Can Use to create the task Search Easier,” I suggest that older people looking for work do a number of things to help themselves look for a job, including staying up-to-date on the latest trends and technology and accepting the truth that few are enlightened about the benefits of hiring older workers.

While the initial recommendations still hold true, listed here are three additional ideas to help older people looking for work find work.

Exude Confidence by Being Prepared

Yes, you’ve heard these tips a gazillion times. But perhaps you have followed through? Do you know your work history well enough to provide clear and succinct responses to interview questions? Are you able to paint a vivid picture of your background using numbers to quantify your work experience?

The reason this is important is that prepared individuals are confident people. Consider the fact that public speaking is the number 1 fear for many people. Now give an impromptu speech or perhaps a presentation that you haven’t practiced enough, and chances are your nervousness will increase. That’s what goes on in job interviews.

Show You’re Uniquely Qualified, Not Overqualified

It’s been used repeatedly, in politics and business. I’m referring to the expression: uniquely qualified. I recently read it on the blog about being an entrepreneur. Also it just seemed to make sense to me that it would be helpful in this instance too.

One of the biggest problems that recruiters and hiring managers seem to encounter when conducting interviews with older candidates is a concern that they’re “overqualified.” For them, being overqualified means too many years of experience and, therefore, too costly.

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    To lessen the likelihood you’ll be looked at overqualified:

    Limit your resume to the last ten years of experience only;Suggest during the meeting that there’s always something new to learn (you may also desire to be prepared ahead of time with a specific goal); andFocus in your valuable skills and experience, not the number of years it took you to develop them.

    Now it’s time to place that confidence you gained by preparing in advance to get affordable use.

    Be Internet and Social networking Savvy

    Sure, you’ve heard about Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and all sorts of things Internet, but are a participant? You don’t have to be a regular user. However, to have no online presence in today’s employment market can virtually make you non-existent.

    According to some 2012 CareerBuilder survey, over 2,000 hiring managers were asked why they use social networking sites to conduct research. Sixty-five percent desired to find out if candidates promote themselves professionally, 51 percent made it happen to see if they can fit the company culture, and 45 percent desired to learn more about each candidate’s qualifications.

    Additionally, the web offers you opportunities to interact with potential new employers and re-establish friendships with former colleagues. As well as the quantity of research you can do on companies where you may want to work.

    So, prior to running off and away to your next interview, thinking that you’re too old to get the job, be proactive. Take time to prepare, concentrate on how you can contribute, and establish an online presence. You’ll be in a much better position to land the task.


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