Workers of a ‘certain age’ know that often employers can have preconceived notions about what kind of worker they might be.
Though we’d like to think that they automatically assume that a mature worker will be a better, more experienced, more reliable and more grounded worker than someone younger, that is often not the case. Instead, we find that the preconceived notions are not always flattering. Employers might wrongly assume that mature workers are out of touch with new technologies, or have higher salary expectations, or have health problems.
And, if you’ve been job hunting for a while you know that mature workers are having more trouble than others finding employment, even while the economy continues to improve.
But we encourage you to consider that information as motivating, rather than discouraging. Whether you already have a job and are looking for a new one, are returning to the workforce, or have been temporarily unemployed, the “job search rules” for mature workers are a little different than for others.
This section was written especially for you, to help you put your best foot forward and show employers why hiring a mature worker might be one of the best business decisions they ever made. The bar for mature workers to prove themselves might be – unfairly – higher, but by keeping in mind the potential pitfalls and maneuvering around them, you will be well on your way to a successful “Second Act.”
- Networking Tips for Mature Workers
- Job Search Advice for Mature Job Seekers
- Job Interview Tips for Mature Workers
- Confronting Aging and Work-Related Issues
- How to Avoid Age Discrimination