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Job Search for Women Age 50 and Better
Ageism is insidious and difficult to confront for two reasons. First, hiring managers know that it’s illegal to bring the subject out in the open. Second, in their young hearts, they don’t believe that they are prejudiced. Their often-subconscious discrimination is rooted in fuzzy logic. They may fear that older workers present an array of unwelcome challenges:
- She will poop out or be more emotional. Perhaps a mad menopausal woman lurks behind that competent, professional demeanor.
- She may act like your mom, correcting others with a wagging finger.
- She may not be current with new trends, especially in technology.
- She may get bored and leave for another job or retire too soon.
To prevent employees from leaving too soon, the “clairvoyant” manager thinks that it is best not to hire the competent older female. Apparently, they have not read the research that debunks these stereotypes.
Individual coaching sessions can offset age and sex discrimination by helping you to adjust your resumes, research careers, network, and ace your interviews so you can find meaningful employment as quickly as possible. If you'd like to combine job search strategy, resume work and interview preparation, check out the Job Search Package.
Resumes for Women Fifty and Better
- Only go back 15 years on the chronological part of your resume.
- Leave the dates off your education.
- Get current on relevant technology and take off outdated technical terms.
Select Age- and Women-Friendly Employers
- Research to find employers who are typically friendly to older employees. Consider a casual visit to the place of business, review photos on the website, and ask people in your network. AARP lists national employers who welcome older workers.
- Consider careers such as design, writing, and accounting that are largely driven by work samples.
- Look at services geared toward older people where your ability to relate will be an asset. Examples could be geriatric nurse, care manager, or sales associate at an assisted living facility.
Do the Inside Job
- Examine your own attitudes towards age, gender, and your competence in the workplace. It is vital to reject internalizing negative thoughts based on the false beliefs that your situation is your fault.
- Reflect on how you feel about your looks, from hairdo to clothing, to see if a new look will help you feel and present your best.
- Observe your vocabulary, weeding out modifiers that undermine your competence. Eliminate terms like just as in "just a secretary" or pretty as in "I did a pretty good job of…"
Network and Get Support
- Carry out a robust networking strategy, since the focus on age fades once people get to know you as a person, for your enthusiasms, and for your skills.
- Maximize your time with friends and family who see your assets.
- Review the section on Interviewing for the 50+ Candidate and schedule a coaching session with one of us.