Looking for a job is always an uncomfortable task. But if you’re over 50, the experience can be frustrating.
According to a report published in 2014 by the human resources consulting firm Adecco, the age group that has the most difficult access to the labour market is that of those over 55 years of age, to whom only 0.5% of the published offers are addressed.
These workers are followed by adults between the ages of 45 and 54 with 6.1% of job offers.
Also, according to consulting firm Lee Hecht Harrison, one of the main problems that people over 50 face when changing jobs is the long time they have not done so.
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While many young people are used to developing curricula and conducting interviews, for many older unemployed people these activities can turn out to be a nightmare.
Therefore, being able to turn experience into a virtue and knowing how to convince the company you want to hire that you are the ideal person for the job are two key aspects when it comes to facing a selection process.
Show that you want to learn
When it comes to hiring, the perception many employers have of adults over 50 is that they have reached a point in their lives when they don’t want to be burdened with additional stress.
They think that just because you’re older, you probably don’t want to learn new things.
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Therefore, to avoid being discarded before starting work, it is necessary to make it clear that you are not finished.
Show that you want to continue training and that, whatever the challenge, you will do your best.
Explain to them that you have not yet reached the top, but that you are still climbing the mountain.
Don’t be discouraged by stereotypes
You may hear phrases like, “I’m sure you’re older, so you have no idea how to operate a computer,””after all, you plan to retire in five years,” or “I’m sure you don’t want to learn how to do new things, so older people are less flexible.
But stereotypes are meant to be broken.
Don’t get discouraged. Although you shouldn’t have to, it shows that you still have the same desire to learn as a 20-year-old.
If you don’t trust yourself, chances are no one will.
Search for companies that suit you
Being clear about where you want to work is essential to finding the right job.
For starters, it’s best to look for jobs in small businesses, as they often have less budget to hire and advertise, and many lack a human resources department.
In larger companies with more resources, on the other hand, the competitiveness and number of candidates is usually higher.
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On the other hand, choosing the right company can be crucial to increasing your chances of being hired.
Focus on those whose target audience is older adults, as these types of clients generally rely more on experienced people than on young people.
Don’t try to hide your age.
Although many HR managers prefer not to know the age of the candidates, it is preferable not to hide from when to when you worked at previous companies.
Nobody cares if you finished elementary school in 1956 or 1960.
But, if they review your resume, read your cover letter or take a look at your LinkedIn profile and are unable to get a sense of how much time you spent working for other companies, they will set off the alarm.
And focus on the last 15 or 20 years of your professional career.
If you’ve been working longer, you can make a list of your most outstanding projects but, remember, it’s your resume, not an obituary of your career.
Be active on social networks
To show that you are up to date with the latest trends, it’s a good idea to be active on social networks.
If they search for your profile on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn and don’t find you on any of these social networks, you’ll fuel stereotypes.
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