Job Search Advice for Over 50 Year Olds

Job Search Advice for Over 50 Year Olds


Hey, there. It’s Andy. Got a little something special today for all
my friends like me in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Ageism. It’s a thing. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. It is a thing. It’s something that all older job seekers
need to be aware of, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. Now, it might not be as prevalent as you think,
but it’s still a problem if you’re an older worker and you’re looking for work. One of the things you got to be aware of is
that it’s not your age that you’re fighting, it’s the biases that an employer or an interviewer
or somebody who’s reviewing your resume has when they’re looking at you. They assume, because you’re older, that your
ways are outdated, you don’t want learn anything, you’re set in your ways, or you just don’t
have a lot of energy. So, you’ve got to overcome these. Today, what we’re going to talk about is,
how do you do that when you’re searching, how do you do that with your resume, how do
you do that in an interview, and how do you overcome this, so ultimately you can diffuse
this issue? Let’s talk about the job searching act itself
to actually secure the interview that you’re going to go into. Obviously, you can run into some roadblocks
here just from an ageism standpoint. There’s different ways that you can go about
securing that interview, and how you go about securing that interview is vital to setting
a good table for the interview. If you’re spending a lot of time putting your
resume in an applicant tracking system, even if you get it past the applicant tracking
system’s robot and into somebody’s inbox, you still run the risk that somebody who sees
your resume might detect that you’re an older worker, and kind of kick it to the side, where
that bias is coming in. You’re far better off leveraging the activity
that is going to be giving you a much greater probability of finding your next job. Because you are an older worker, 50s, 60s,
and 70s, you have a much greater chance of finding your next job through somebody you
know, through networking, whether it’s somebody you know directly, somebody they know, somebody
they referred you to. In fact, you have a 46% chance of finding
your next job that way, so I always recommend that you spend half of your job searching
time networking. That’s the first tip. You want to make sure that there is a heavy
dose of networking through your search. As we move on to some resume tips, knowing
that the applicant tracking system is actually going to be an important element, no matter
who we are, no matter how we find that job, even though it’s through an employer referral
or some other medium, lots of times we have to put our resume into the applicant tracking
system. So, let’s talk about a couple of tips that
you can use as far as your resume goes. Fighting that bias that your methods are stale. One of the greatest ways that you can overcome
that in your resume is making sure you are using current terminology, current vernacular,
current processes, current technologies, whatever the latest trends are. So, if you need to change the wording of your
old processes or your old technologies, that’s great. Use more current verbiage to describe what
it was that you used to do. That’s one technique. The other technique is do whatever you need
to do. Go out and take the training courses, get
the certifications, get familiar, do your research on all the latest trends, and make
sure that that goes in, so that when somebody actually gets your paper, it’s current. It’s current stylistically, layout-wise, verbiage-wise,
all that good stuff. And, if you need to, feel free to trim some
of those older opportunities and employers that you had early in your career, because
that might help your resume not look as though you have so many years of experience. Just a subtle little trick, but perfectly
okay, especially if you have more than 30 years of work experience. Let’s also talk about one other tool, as far
as the resume goes, that I absolutely love. I have a professional relationship with them. I’ve looked at a lot of different tools on
the market, but I highly recommend Jobscan. Jobscan is a fantastic tool that allows you
to put your resume into the tool, free of charge, and also give them the link, or put
the document for the job description for which you’re applying, into the system. One of the things that Jobscan will do is
it will recognize which applicant tracking system the employer is using, and give you
recommendations as far as aligning key words, but also some of the nuances that that applicant
tracking system might favor or not favor, to make sure that you have a better chance
of getting your resume through. So, the combination of using current terminology,
current trends, having current certifications, whatever it might be, as well as making sure
that your resume itself aligns with the job description, and then running it through Jobscan,
and making sure that the key word match and all the other stuff gives you a high percentage
of alignment to the employer’s job is going to help you overcome a lot of the biases that
go along with the resume itself. All right. Now, let’s talk about the job interview. All these biases that carry through the entire
process become even more prevalent in the interview, so you got to stay consistent,
so a lot of the tips that I was mentioning, as far as how you set the table for yourself,
how you package up your resume using current trends and processes and terminology, is stuff
that you need to carry in through into the interview. Just going back to what I was saying about
the biases that people think about with older workers, they’re not current, they don’t know
the latest and greatest trends or technology, they’re set in their ways, they don’t really
want to learn anything, or that they’re lacking that energy. The tips for the interview are, make sure
that when the interviewer asks you a question, you’re talking about latest trends, using
latest terminology, so your stories are filled with currency. You’ve got to be filled with currency. The second thing is you want to make sure
that you’re continually reiterating how you love to learn, how you’re looking forward
to learning these new techniques, you’re looking forward to sharing what you know, but learning
from people who are coming up through the ranks, what they have going on, all that good
stuff. Then the last thing that you want to do in
the interview is you want to make sure that you’re bringing that good energy. You’ve got to be vital, you got to be full
of fun, full of juice. You got to bring it, and if you’re one of
those a little bit more calm types, do some jumping jacks or whatever you need to do,
but just get your energy up. You’ve got to be excited. They’ve got to see that. Remember, these are things that you start
in a little bit of a hole, and you have to overcome them. It’s just the way it is. To deny it would be silly. Let’s be aware of this, and let’s make sure
that when you’re in the interview, you know what you got to do. Those are the tips. As far as searching goes, make sure you’re
leaning on your network. As far as the resume goes, make sure you’re
updating the terms, the terminology, you’re getting those certifications, whatever you
need to do. Make sure you run it through Jobscan, and
then when you get into the interview, make sure you bring that good energy. Make sure that your responses are extremely
current, as far as the terminology and the trends go, and that you also reiterate your
enthusiasm for learning. If you do those things, you have a much better
chance of overcoming that age bias. Now, if you’re enjoying this, make sure to
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as all the links to everything that I’ve referenced. Till next week, have a great one.

60 Comments

  • Andrew LaCivita says:

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  • STEVEONLI says:

    I'm a 60+ year old health professional(not a physician) about to give up my private practice, but unable to retire. I did all aspects of running a small business. Is there hope for finding a corporate job or any other thinking type job? I have noticed that all the sales reps that sell product to my profession are never older than 45, so I have ruled out that possibility. I am current in my thinking as well as computer skills. I am amazed that there are minimal resources devoted to this subject on the internet, and most web sites list jobs that are minimum wage clerk positions or walmart greeter type jobs.

  • Common Sense Mamita says:

    Very true. Thanks for sharing.

  • Phil Min says:

    Wow…and your video reflects all the "best practices" you are recommending! Thanks!

  • Nadia Oulahri says:

    Very timely topic. Thanks Andrew, the tips are as usual priceless and career-saving. Question, how to beat the dual problematic of
    ageism and cultural difference????

  • karen bielech says:

    Thank you!  Nice to know that ageism is a real thing.  ??? How to deal with the year of graduation on the resume-I have been leaving the year off?

  • Cecilia Steen says:

    I'm not really there yet, but I do understand. Oftentimes I'm interviewed by a 12 year old and I feel I have to be so much smarter and more energetic to make up for being older than the interviewer.
    This video gives some good reminders for anyone any age!

  • Gibao Dumonte says:

    Thanks Andy for your immense good will to put people through, really appreciated your pieces of advice!

  • Bill Benoist says:

    Absolutely love the point about using current technology language as it does show you are remaining on top of the trends.

  • Lysa Rodriguez says:

    Great video Andy thank you so much.

  • Sunny Day says:

    Thank you Andy! Great info and encouragement as usual! ???? How should we handle the part of the application where they ask if you have any disabilities? Who decides if you have a disability? Is this only diagnosed disabilities? They list depression along with a lot of other medical conditions. Who doesn't get depressed sometimes, especially when the job search takes months! And if you say "no" on the disabilities question (and what if you have back problems, or a bad knee, etc), is that lying by saying "no"? And is this "lying" grounds for termination if they find out later on?? I feel medical conditions are very private info and you should not be required to reveal it, unless of course it actually interferes with your ability to do the work, and then a sensible person would not even apply. BTW these are professional sit down jobs, in an office that I am referring to, not manual laborer type jobs.

  • Video Cashflow says:

    Like the way you tell it how it is. You gotta stay green and growing.

  • AlphaMega Radio Channel says:

    An encouraging, understanding, yet realistic "tell it how it is" way of relaying the info was perfect for the more senior age groups in the workforce. Seasoned, "vet" workers connect with that directness, that "Give it to me straight, bottom-line it for me?" approach (my opinion); sometimes more so than their younger counterparts. But for this particular audience, one just needs to simply read over the comments to know that this video "connects." I'm NOT getting the few thumbs-down on this video (as to why)? This is practical truth that just may help encourage and equip many older but highly valuable professionals to STAY on top of their game and REGAIN or RE-ESTABLISH their competitiveness in the job market! What's NOT to like about that? 🙂 Please keep the ATS Tips coming as well??? Kudos, Andrew!

  • Kristen Morrison says:

    What a timely topic! I’ve been struggling with what to do with dates of my roles prior to having children and my education. I have received conflicting advice as to whether to include or not include these dates! Thanks Andy!

  • isitebuild says:

    Great tip on networking to find a job or start your own business which is what I did

  • Determined Di says:

    How do you recommend getting references when you 1) haven't worked in a very long time or 2) aren't very outgoing and not in clubs or activities outside the home? Not everyone has a huge network of friends. I've found a lot of people are unwilling to help you find a job or vouch for you. Isn't it time to get rid of this "reference" requirement? Former coworkers and employers often have a no reference policy. It seems like everyone is afraid of being sued these days. Any thoughts?

  • Apple Blossom says:

    late 50's I have no networks still looking for work very frustrating

  • Jill W. Fox says:

    That is so true! It's important for interviewers to realize that 50 is like 35 was, years ago!

  • Iris Lee says:

    Thanks for your sharing of the valuable tips for dealing ageism in job search. I feel ageism always comes with challenge from employer whether you are physically fit for job. Most of the employers do not want to hire people of older age, not simply for their lacking in latest technology or abilities to handle tasks but also they think older aged people has high chance of being absent from work due to sickness. They may think more problems will emerge if these things happen but may have more tolerance for senior or executive positions

  • rocky mountain lass says:

    Being in the NOW and in the know is imperative to employers. Being current affects your currency these days!!!!

  • Cary Hocker says:

    Andy, I think your advice on ensuring you are using up to date terminology is spot on, especially in my technology field. Thanks for another great video.

  • Lysa Rodriguez says:

    Thank you Andy I am facing this now. Tough to get in the door

  • Tadej Hauptman says:

    Amazing topic for the masses. This is also priblem in EU enviroment, so don't miss this video. 👍

  • James Schultz, Ph.D. says:

    Man, your energy and enthusiasm is contagious! I get fired up every time I click on. The natural bias that employers will have with "ageism" is just the TRUTH. Way to be real, as always, Andy! Spend half your time networking – nice little golden nugget buried in this video.

  • Maya Wilson says:

    Thank you for the valuable tips. Unfortunately ageism is alive and well in today's job market. However, jobseekers, regardless of their age, must always remember that they are their own respective CEO with respect to their career. Everything you mentioned in the video is spot on, and reiterates the point that one must always have the drive and motivation to learn and be challenged. Thanks again for the video!

  • Marc Pekny says:

    Great advice once again, Andy! I’ll need to “season” a few more years but still is partially applicable regardless!

  • Judith Mieyr says:

    I appreciate your realistic insight!

  • Stephanie Yuzzi says:

    Love this. I'm not 50 yet, but appreciate the insight!

  • Roland Crachi says:

    Andy, thanks for the video. Very good and common sense advice. I am not quite at that age yet, however it does highlight how to best update the Resume and how to behave in an Interview.

  • Debbie Fraser says:

    This video had great advice for us over fifty! I have energy, but yours is contagious! Thanks Andy for all you do.

  • Michelle Middleton says:

    Sound advice! I will definitely follow Andy's outline. Thanks Andy!

  • Wendi Steinberg says:

    Thank you for this advice 🙂 I just turned 50. I need to update some language in my resume.

  • smileysmile22 says:

    Hi Andy – Great info, but I didn't quite understand your comment about Jobscan.co "knowing" what kind of keyword software the prospective employer is using? How can it do this? Surely not just from the job advert alone?

    Also, as I'm currently experiencing this "unspoken" bias myself at the moment, I just wondered how recruiters and employers actually justify this prejudice? Forget the fact that it's actually illegal, (certainly here in the U.K – not sure about the U.S.) why do they actively discriminate against older workers when every study shows that more mature employees are harder working, more knowledgeable (and will pass their skills on!) and efficient, take less time off, and are generally going to give an employer "more bang for their buck". I can understand why this might be the case for overtly physical jobs (even then why not just test applicant fitness?) but I've never actually seen an employer explain why age bias exists in managerial or executive roles? Many thanks, S.

  • Colin Jones says:

    Andy, thank you, always so practical. You make it all seem so much more possible.

  • Margaret Ann says:

    I'm bubbly and friendly and I like networking and I keep up with new trends in the technology world. I love learning new things and I don't refuse to not learn new things. But what kind of up to date terminology do I need to use in my resume?

  • Level 19 says:

    also make sure your looking on trend too! your outfit and hair style is a very important part of getting the job as well..thanks for the tips

  • Mary Esther Austin says:

    I am an abled service connected veteran over 50 with a service dog with a great skill set…but the BIAS is REAL!

  • Farmhouse168 says:

    I've been laid off a few times. As I get older it gets worse. I've done contract jobs, or I just create my own job. I get interviews but they see I am older and lose interest. My best advice is to create a side income, and apply to many jobs, this way you have a better chance. Use any and all methods, referrals, etc. I have never had to network. I just call agents, and search several sites each day. Get good reviews on your linked in acct. Adjust your resume, and check job sites daily. Don't give up and stay positive. Keep tech skills up to date and gain new ones. Use the free learning sites to improve your skills.

  • Julie Demko says:

    What do you suggest when you apply for a job, do reaserch on the company, get to the interview early, dress professionally ask and answer questions and have a good interaction with interviewer yet they tell you that they won't offer you the position. Yet hire someone older and seems to have less experience. Also, how would you prepare for group interviews.

  • S 2016 says:

    My papa is 56 searching job he is rejected due to age,I m so sad for him

  • Jennifer Hodge says:

    The AARP has a free job search for mature people and great resources for job searches and interviewing.

  • Darryl Smitherman says:

    Increase your skill sets so they cant say no to you, or start your own business. You dont want to work in that environment anyway if theyre concerned more about your age than your ability. You have a computer, the possibilities are endless. STEP ONE: Go get a job, any job, and work your 9-5. Come home, eat your dinner, kiss your wife, pet the dog, whatever it is you do. STEP TWO: Make a list of skills that you need for the job/career/business you WANT. STEP THREE: From 7pm-2am work on those skills. Master them. Shut off your TV, your facebook, and everything and everyone else stealing your time! When youre 40, 50, 60+, youre at the half-time point in the game. Make the second haf better than the first, but you gotta hustle to do it.

  • Ramesh Kumaran says:

    Remaining update is possible but beating depressive illness and appearing energetic and juicy would land me in a circus job. I am not qualified to be a joker.

  • Blown says:

    I'm 53 and make descent money but I hate being confined to my desk. I'm bored, and uninterested in my job because it doesn't present a challenge. I want a career change so bad but I don't know what I want. I don't what I want to do, but I know its not what I'm doing now right now. I feel stuck. I wish I could have went down a different path in my youth.

  • Blake Q says:

    Early retirement for me, but just want to go back to work now after a couple years…funny employers at career centers ask what experiences do you have…they actually want to listen to me for over 1/2 hour with 43 years of multiple jobs and experiences…then they say well we can only start you at 12/hr….hell I made that in 1986. Cheap bastards..lol

  • Julie Demko says:

    Thank you for this. I am facing this now, and I was told by a hiring manager to call to schedule a interview. Yet, when I called to schedule the interview, the manager I spoke with said that I was not told this and was not getting a interview. How can I avoid this situation. Thank you for your help.

  • George Cass says:

    Boy im screwed there

  • savory icon says:

    I appreciate your time in making this video and making it available to senior job seekers. Helpful tips.
    While I do understand that entrepreneurship is not for everyone, I wish more seniors use their skills to build small businesses and create employment to young people rather than compete with those young people to keep their heads just above water. I feel saddened when I see a 70 plus year old working in Walmart (I would guess they do not have enough savings to sustain till EOL) rather than pushing weights in the gym or enjoying retirement.

  • Sandra Norman says:

    Awesome ideas. Thanks!

  • rwingender says:

    Love your videos Andrew. One pet peeve – I hate the word "Ageism". Let's call it what it is: Age Discrimination.
    It's illegal, but most of the 22-year-old former McDonald's workers-turned-"senior" recruiter don't give a damn.

  • Nancy Roche says:

    Andy you are not in your 50s!!! You must know how to live!

  • Dan says:

    A 35 year old boss/manager discrimating against a person 50-70 years old in the hiring process is just as much as a problem as a 60 year old baby boomer boss/manager discriminating against a recent college grad for an entry level position because they don't already have 5 years experience. It needs to stop both ways.

  • Valerie Clemens says:

    One of those "calm" types? In a job interview? Well, I am 64 and was laid off two weeks ago. So I am pretty scared at this point about ageism. However, this is excellent advice overall and I will try to make some changes in my resume. Still, I think it may be an uphill battle to land a good full time job. We older employees seem to get pushed toward very low-paying jobs…. I'd love to hear others' experiences in the job search trenches as an older candidate.

  • rusty nutts says:

    I was driving eighteen wheelers

  • John R says:

    I was one of those guys who use to put my college education on the top half of my resume…with my graduation dates. If you graduated college in a year that starts in 19.. I wouldn't even mention when you graduated on a resume anymore. I just put the universities and degrees nothing more. Having a master's degree from a prestigious university loses a lot of its luster when you graduated over 25 years ago.

  • Darren Crispin says:

    What do you do if you dont know anyone???

  • TheSkinnyFairy says:

    my master and PhD are recent but my undergrad shows my age. Should I remove my under grad or the date of my BSc graduation from my resume? I also have lots of Gaps due to having kids and moving from city to city for my husband job and education. I feel so discouraged :**(

  • The Golden Age of Cinema says:

    Video about ageism full of ageism…haha

  • Paul Cook says:

    Verbage? Garbage?

  • E R.A. says:

    ok, 56 years old male and with a disability ??…….then you tell me!!!: from a 100 people maybe with this condition 1 or 2 may get lucky, otherwise is just pure garbage you are saying!! and this is a fact.

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