Hello Community, I've really tried to keep an open eye on issues around ageism, especially since I"m no spring chicken myself, and since I was made aware of the trend via this group. In my efforts, I've not only spoken with co-workers who hire but also 40+ friends about their job hunt challenges. I wanted to provide some perspectives, I think will be helpful.
Before I do, I want to say that although potential solutions can be on us, that doesn't mean you are the problem or that you are to blame and I'm also not saying you are the reason for this widespread discrimination.
With that being said, it is still true until larger solutions are in place we as individuals must take our personal situations in our own hands and try to make due.
A trend that could lead to an older candidate flopping in the interview has been brought to my attention and I wanted to share it with you all.
This trend is an unbalanced approach to experience.
-On one side, the older potential employee comes across as an over experienced know it all, who will step in like a wise parental figure and get this new generation office into shape with their wisdom.
-On the other side, it's the older potential employee who shows up to too eager to follow and take direction akin to the first job college student.
To be blunt few want to hire someone who will come in and question and fire back at all the company procedures and cultural items in place with their personal opinion. On the other end, very few want to hire an "aged newbie" who seems way too eager to find a mentor.
Is your interview balanced in the area of experience?
Find the balance. Discover ways to avoid seeming rigid, a know it all or unable to adjust quickly, because business is moving faster than ever these days. On the other side, show leadership and the ability to mix learning with providing expertise and sharing experience. It's all about balance.
Lastly, it would help to research the companies culture and only seek opportunities you would truly enjoy. In the interview speak about how you can see yourself fitting in. If the company mentions they have a game room with a stocked fridge like a lot of companies do these days, don't say "I hope I don't sit near that game room, I hate noise."
Try an "I will thrive in this environment" type of statement. I.E "I've researched your culture and I can really see myself enjoying the game room when appropriate and even winning the annual WII or Ping Pong tournament I read about".
This is a wide range observation so of course, job type and a host of other factors are key to deploying this but overall just something to be aware of.
Best of success to you all. Please continue to have a year "FOCUSED" on success. No easy task but we control our focus right. :) #ageism