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Interviewing Tips for Older Job Seekers

Hey guys, welcome back. If you are new here, my name is bill Benoist. I’m a certified professional career coach
in Silicon Valley. Have you heard that old saying it’s attitude
not age. Well, in today’s video I want to talk about
older workers in career transition because a lot of times they’re carrying the wrong
attitude and let me explain. You have a 25 year old and that individuals
sends out a hundred resumes and to hear nothing but crickets. Maybe they’ll get a couple of rejection letters
and what do they think? Well, they think that this is a difficult
job market or maybe my resume is not presenting me in the right light. Maybe I’m applying to the wrong jobs. Maybe there’s something wrong with the formatting
that it’s not getting to the hiring manager’s desk, but then you have the 55 year old who
sends out the same number of resumes and gets the same number of rejections or here’s nothing
but crickets and what did they think? They immediately blamed their age. And this is a really kind of a bad thing to
be doing because when you do this, then all sudden you start creating this helplessness,
you know, well, there is no magic pill of going back in the age. So I’m just going to have to live with this. And because I’m just growing older by the
minute, I’m probably never going to, um, find a job out there or one that paid as much as
I got before. And there’s just the whole hot in negative
self talk. In fact, there’s so many voices going on in
their head right now. They could probably take the carpool line. That’s how bad it gets. So let’s just take a look at this. You know, let’s dive down and examine this. Well, first off, the only evidence that you
have in any of this right now is your resume is your resume showing your age. I mean, there are definitely steps that you
can take. So your resume does not show your age. For example, you don’t need to go back more
than 10, definitely no more than 15 years on your resume. Um, in dates. So if you have dates on your Oh colleges remove
those. If you have older companies that are still
relevant but they were, you know, more than 15 years ago, put those under additional work
experience. Hopefully you’re not using something that’s
old that’s not used anymore, like a job objective, but you got something a little bit more up
to date called a, uh, professional summary, um, references available on request at the
end of the resume using, um, what I would say, any kind of terminology that could really
date yourself like a CRT, there’s a lot of different ways that you can disguise your
resume so it doesn’t your age. So now can you really blame your age that
um, because you’re hearing nothing but crickets. No, of course not. So there, something else is going on. So now all of a sudden we’re having a shift
with your mindset. You know, there was a study that was done
a few years ago where they pulled hiring managers and HR professionals and asked him and said,
what is your number one perception of the older worker? And I think they gave five. There was with the one that Rose to the very
top was that the older worker would not have the driver energy to, um, do the job. And then there was the older worker would,
um, not be, uh, open to being managed by a younger worker. The older worker would not be open to change. The older worker would not be open to learning
new things, going to training, and the older worker would be subject or prone to more illnesses. So these were the top five. There was many of them. But these top five were the ones that, uh,
Rose to the top. Well, you know what, only one of those five,
only one of them was even able to be validated when they went back and they asked, um, the
hiring managers and the HR people about the older workers that they had working for them. And you know what the only one was that they
validated it was the older worker would not be open to learning new things or going to
training. So now we’re back to the resume because this
when you can actually address in your resume and Nat is um, you know, a consistent, uh,
desire to learn new things. And you can put this, um, towards the bottom
of the Euro resume, uh, certifications that you’ve pulled out there. And there’s a lot of ways to um, learn new
applications, new programs, get certifications, LinkedIn learning, uh, Coursera, you to me
a you, Udacity, just to name a few. So you go through there, take a course, put
the course name down and put a date down and right off the bat, you know, without even
showing your age, you are showing that you’re certainly learning new things out there. But let’s just take that first, first item. Uh, the first perception, the older worker
is not going to have the driver desire to not drive, desire the driver energy to do
the position. So you’re an older worker and you walk into
the interview and you are walking in feeling confident and you’re feeling energized and
your shoulders are back and you got that eye contact. My God. I mean you’ve just put that one perception
of rest right off the bat. And let me tell you, and I’m sure many hiring
managers out there could um, attest this as well. I knew people that were in their thirties
and forties that they would come to work and they didn’t seem to have the driver energy
to do that to position. And then I’ve known a lot of people in their
mid sixties and even early seventies that, um, definitely show the drive and energy to
do the position. So again, it’s a perception, it’s a perception
that you view by into on the negative side. It can really hurt you. So with that, I just want you to consider
the holding the wrong mindset. How much of an obstacle that can be going
into an interview, a carrying that baggage. Because no matter how well you try to hide
that baggage, if you believe that your age is going to be that detrimental in finding
you in the next position where you know what, it’s going to be really super difficult to
hide that perception from the hiring manager and immediately what they’re going to say
is a lot of this thinking about not, not saying it out loud, this individual is probably not
going to have the, uh, the energy or the drive to do the position. So let’s just finish this interview and move
on to the next applicant. I hope you found this video informative and
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6 Replies to “Interviewing Tips for Older Job Seekers”

  • Here is what my interviews have entailed: one way interview where you videotape yourself answering interview questions stated on the computer screen and someone (you never know who) views the video and says yes or no, online application asking what year you graduated high school, and another application asking me to write a poem about my last job …Iā€™m in tech so I have to learn something new everyday so advanced study is part of my career – but these new interview methods definitely seem to be directed at the millennial.

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