Physically speaking you’re really older and wiser than you once were, but chances are these common misconceptions are holding you back from advancing your career so we thought it worthy to bring to you certain facts you should know .
You’ve got more than a decade (maybe two or three) of work experience under your belt. You’ve developed a valuable skill set, a deep network of VIP contacts, and a solid track record that others in your field would envy but you’re still afraid which brings me to the unfamiliar question
Why are you so afraid of finding a job after 40?
Could it be that you think employers will consider you too old or too expensive, or you’re worried the grass will be browner elsewhere, but unless you’ve got retirement in your five-year plan—and hey, even if you do—you deserve to be fulfilled in your work life until then, which simply means overcoming those exasperating little voices inside your head that tell you it’s better not to bother looking for something new.
Myth #1: “I’m too old to be hired anywhere
There aren’t too many people that are bothered about this except you, “When clients are over 40, fear is what gets them. You need to focus on your strengths, and not what you’re lacking or your weakness.
The real question is Do you have the qualifications? Can you bring value to this position? If your answer is yes then you probably are a subject-matter expert or have specific skills, which give you the unfair advantage to play that up in your resume, cover letter, or communications with a recruiter. It’s easy to focus on why you can’t get the job, but the trick is to not let that psych you out.”
P.S. Life itself isn’t always fair
Myth #2: “Networking is the only way to get a job
“I regularly see three strategies successfully land people jobs: networking, answering ads, and working with recruiters. But these methods are only worthwhile if they are used effectively and proactively. Yes, networking is a significant part of the job search—and particularly for older workers—but don’t rely on only one method to help with your job search.
Actively and effectively working on all three of these strategies is the optimal way to ensure your chances of landing a job.Paul Bernard
Myth #3: I’ll be pegged as less productive than younger candidates
“The Society for Human Resource Management notes that there is no correlation between advancing age and declining work productivity. Be innovative and demonstrate your ability to lead, to get things done, to enhance productivity with process or system improvements, and to save or make the company money.” —Robin Ryan, career counselor and author of Over 40 & You’re Hired, based in the Seattle area
Myth #4: I won’t be happy in a role with less responsibility
“This is wrong on two counts. Many of us start down a track when we are very young that takes us to a place we never anticipated being. Some of us want to hit the reset button and have the financial resources from our first career to do just that. Second, as our personal circumstances change, due to aging parents or health scares, many over-40 job seekers relish a job with less responsibility—as long as they can still add value.” —Kim Seeling Smith, founder and CEO of Ignite Global, based in Sydney and Austin
Myth #5: I won’t like being supervised by younger employees
“When older workers feel valued for their contributions, it doesn’t matter the age of the person providing the recognition.” —Lauren Milligan, career advancement coach at ResuMAYDAY in the Chicago area
Myth #6: Employers will balk at my salary requirements
“‘Too much’ is contextual to how experienced you are, the market demand for your skills and how good you are at your job. If you want to command high compensation, make sure the employer feels they will get a good deal in return. Explain how you could take on additional responsibility, drive improved results and further justify the increased spending on their side.” —Ben Brooks, business and executive coach in the New York City area
Myth #7: It’s too late to make a radical career change
“There is still time to make a lateral move to gain new skills or to learn an industry you have not been in yet. You are experienced enough to know how to create a good business case for your ability to move your skill set to something else. The key is to remain nimble and not get complacent. Keep growing. Keep taking risks. Keep demonstrating your willingness to learn and you’ll be able to negotiate your way to new opportunities.” —Laura Berman Fortgang, author of Now What?: 90 Days to a New Life Direction and owner of InterCoach Inc./ Now What? Coaching in the New York City area
These are facts you should know and I hope you got it
Finding a new job may feel like mission impossible, but as the experts have made clear, it’s time to wipe from your brain all the misconceptions and mythology about job searching.
Culled from Monster