I’ve noticed more and more of my clients are over the age of 50. They call my office saying:
“I’ve worked for ABC Company for more than 25 years!”
“I started at XYZ Company when I was 20. I grew up here!”
“I just turned 60! How am I going to find a job at my age?”
“I’m scared … I’m really scared.”
When a person gets laid off, they are in shock and uncertain about their future. They are not sure what to do next. It’s my job as a Professional Resume Writer to take the time to listen, let them talk a while, and lend a compassionate ear. After all, most of us can relate and have probably been there one time or another.
Your 50s and 60s are still top-earning years. I recently finished a resume for a gentleman who was 72! He was thrilled when he was hired to do IT work at a prestigious bank. These are the “Boomers” with the solid work ethic, willing to learn and remain valuable contributors to the work force. These are people with experience and skills that have been built up over a career lifetime. Their “story” is important … their “experience” unsurpassed!
I’d like to put the following myths to rest:
- We can’t use technology. We appreciate the convenience of cell phones, texting, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, because we remember when they didn’t exist! Do you text? Of course we text!
- We’re overqualified. You’ve been working 20, 25, 30+ years. You may be over qualified for entry-level or mid-level positions but you have the talent, experience, and “stick-to-it-iveness” that younger people don’t even have yet!
- We’re not open to new opportunities. Getting laid off may be the push you need to launch your own business or do consulting work. Perhaps you’d like to get paid to be a mentor. Many people use their experience to teach at the college-level. Community colleges are always looking for Adjunct Professors.
- I’m too old! It’s not about your age … it’s about your attitude! Showcase your talents by highlighting accomplishments on your resume. Wear stylish clothes, hold your head high, and project a “can-do” attitude. Just smiling will make you feel younger!
- I have to take anything just to get a paycheck. At this stage of your career, you should be thinking of what you’d like to do and where your talents and strengths lie. Why not spend the next 10 years or so doing something you really love?
- The over 50 job seeker. What do you want to be when YOU grow up?
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