Looking for a job when you’re 60 or older can seem like a challenge, but understanding what may be contributing to age discrimination in the job market can help you proactively address concerns that employers may have. A recent article in The Muse highlights common reservations some employers harbor when it comes to considering older candidates, and ways you can counteract them.
- Understanding Technology — Some hiring managers may worry that older job-seekers don’t understand technology. You can allay this fear by including your LinkedIn profile link on your resume, in addition to any technology/software skills you have. Don’t have a LinkedIn account? Click here for tips on how to build a compelling profile.
- Wanting a Huge Salary — Recruiters/hiring managers may be concerned that older, more-experienced applicants will require a higher salary than the position pays. However, indicating that you are looking for a career change can help establish that you’d be open to taking a lower salary.
- Cultural Fit — Some companies have biases against hiring older workers. As a result, “seasoned” job-hunters may have better luck looking at smaller companies and nonprofits, which may view their experience as more of an asset.
How to Counteract:
- Network — Get your foot in the door by networking with others. Not sure how? Check out these helpful articles.
- Addressing Skill Gaps — Look at the roles you want to move into and identify skills or qualifications you’re missing. Then, take courses or do volunteer work related to that skill. It shows you are up to date and able to adapt and learn. Click here for additional ways to highlight transferable skills.
- Think Out of the Box — Explore other options, such as picking up freelance work, where there appears to be less age-related bias. Cancer and Careers partners with an organization called FlexJobs.com, a job board that lists flexible and telecommuting jobs. Although listings are free to view, you must pay for membership to the site in order to apply for any positions. You can purchase a membership for 50% off, using the discount code CANCER.
For more advice on how to make your age an advantage in the job search, click here!