1. Make sure your digital brand is up to date
If you are using an email provider such as @aol, @yahoo, or even @hotmail, update it. Just create a @gmail.com account to use during your search.
2. Focus on your expertise, not how many years of experience
Don’t say, “Network Administrator with 30 years’ experience…” Say, “Experienced Network Administrator with expertise in Cloud Technology
3. Check the mirror and update your look
Find that one friend who will tell you the truth. First impressions count.
4. No negativity
This is poison in the interview. Do not criticize your last employer, old boss, etc. Vent to someone else.
5. Do not reminisce
“Avoid, “I remember when…” It will date you. Save the war stories. You can tell the interviewer about specific accomplishments but make sure you are focused on demonstrating the desired skills.
Focus on jobs from the last 10 – 15 years. Emphasize your expertise in handling challenges.
Do NOT use an Objective Statement. They are outdated and make you appear old
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7. You must use social media, especially LinkedIn.
Make you have an all-star profile. I cannot emphasize enough how important this is in your job search. Not having an optimized profile will not only mean you are less likely to have a recruiter reach out to you but will also make you appear older and out of date. Make sure to read up on this hear: How to Optimize your LinkedIn Profile.
Chances are you have not done an interview in years. Find someone to do a mock interview if you have not done one for a while. Make sure you practice your answers to common interview questions.
9. Learn these three interview lines
If you go into your interview and the person questioning is much younger, you can bet they have some preconceived ideas about older workers. They might not even address these, so you need to work these into the conversation:
“Older workers have outdated skills, especially technical skills. Younger employers will likely assume that you are set in your ways and aren’t committed to accepting a new challenge”
“I am committed to ongoing professional development.”
If you recently added some relevant job skills/certifications, this has a big impact.
“Older workers may be overqualified for a position, which means they will quit as soon as something better comes along”
“At this point in my career, I have realized which aspects of my work give me the greatest pleasure.”
“Older job applicants are resistant in taking direction from someone with fewer years on the job and less experience. They might feel threatened by your skills and experience. (You might take their job)”
“I want to make YOU look good.”
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