In terms of job performance, every aspect gets better as we get older. A 2009 report from the Sloan Center on Aging & Work shows hiring managers rating older employees very high in the areas of loyalty, reliability and productivity.
It’ unfortunate to see the assumptions out in the work force indicating employers believe older applicants are slower and less productive, as well as more expensive to the employer, than someone in an earlier stage of their career. These stereotypes do not hold up according to Peter Cappelli, a management professor at the Wharton School of Business and co-author of the 2010 book, Managing the Older Worker. When you look at economics, demographics and psychology; they just don’t hold true.
If you are seeking employment at a later stage in your career, there are some common mistakes to avoid. You’ll want to keep your computer skills up-to-date and use LinkedIn, a social media site, as a way of connecting with others and sharing your skills, knowledge and abilities. It can be helpful to join professional groups and to connect with others in the field outside of these groups. And don’t give up. Keep a positive attitude and know the perfect job is waiting for you out there. Additionally, you may consider temporary jobs to fill in the blanks while waiting for the right opportunity to come along.
Remember your greatest asset, experience, and use this to your advantage when applying and interviewing for jobs. Share what you’ve learned, not just in your field, but also in how to get along with others and problem solve.
Be patient during your search. Focus on these tips and you’ll find the perfect job is waiting out there for you.