Addressing And Removing Common Stereotypes About Older Workers
by Patti Temple Rocks at forbes.com
I believe one of the reasons that ageism is so pervasive in the workplace is the abundance of unfounded stereotypes about workers over the age of 50. These stereotypes often paint older workers as technologically incompetent, stubborn and dead set against any kind of professional development. To be frank, these stereotypes are total nonsense.
However, our society is so overrun with stereotypes about older people that’s it easy to -- even unintentionally -- fall into ageist thinking. Let’s acknowledge some of the most popular myths about older workers and look at some ways companies can make sure they’re leading their teams void of this thinking. MORE
Need or Desire Keeping Record Number
of Older Workers on the Job
by Christopher Quinn, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The American workforce is graying.
Baby boomers are staying on their jobs longer and finding new work after retirement in record numbers. The surge in older workers can be attributed to multiple factors, such as the disappearance of company pensions, the increasing age to collect full Social Security and growing lifespans… still-working seniors are likely to use fewer government social benefits. And older workers will provide both a steady stream of labor in the tight market, as well as compete with younger workers. MORE
Older Workers Are a Valuable Talent Pool
Over the last decade, most HR leaders have been obsessed by the role of millennials at work and figuring out how to meet the different expectations and needs of these young workers.
Certainly, this has been important work. But, leaders need to be aware of a much bigger demographic challenge ahead: the role of people over the age of 55. MORE
How To Overcome Your Interview Anxiety
by Karen Rehn and Jenna Arcand at workitdaily.com
You're familiar with the feeling: your palms start sweating, you start to shake and for some reason, your mind goes completely blank. Sounds like a dreaded case of interview jitters!
Nerves can bring even the most professional candidate to their knees, impeding their chances of securing the job, even if they're the most qualified.
If you know that you're prone to nerves, make sure you take the necessary steps to control them—before you step into the interview room, not after. MORE
More help for the 50+ job seeker:
Finishing second for a job doesn’t have to be the end
of the road
Never a pleasurable experience yet one that many job seekers endure during their job searches is the trial of coming in second – when the position comes down to two individuals and your not the one chosen.
It’s a bitter pill to swallow. But swallow it you will and move on you must.
How best to handle being the proverbial bridesmaid and not the bride?
Let’s begin with what not to do. Do not lose your cool or lash out at the hiring manager or recruiter. That’s is a no-win strategy of the highest order.
What may serve you best at this juncture is to spend a little time in introspection. Why did you finish second? Was there something in interview? Were you not prepared? Did you not follow up appropriately?
Maybe you just weren’t right for the job. Was the job just not a good match for you and your skills? Maybe you weren’t sufficiently persuasive in communicating your interest in the job and/or the company? This soul searching may be one of the most difficult mountains you’ll have to climb as part of your job search.
As for the company that turned you down, don’t take it personally. You might want to check back with the company to determine how their first choice fared. It could be that the other person turned down the job offer. After a couple of months, either party may realize that a mistake was made and that the employer may be interested in looking again at number two.
Another approach might be to reach out to the person(s) with whom you contacted at the employer. If they liked you enough to elevate you to number two on their list, it could be that perhaps there is another position within the organization for which you also might be suitable. It never hurts to ask.
Of course, the other approach may be thought of by some as a bit over the top. Think about it. They offered the job to #1 who presumably will have to leave his current position to take this new job. That leaves an opening with #1's employer. Call them to inquire if you could be considered for that position. It’s worth a shot.
When you make it a learning situation and/or using it to improve your standing within the job search community and now finishing second doesn’t seem to be the catastrophe you first thought.