(…I’m too old.)Â Of all the self-defeating statements we hear from people 60 and older who are in need of a job, this has to be the most common and saddest.Â No doubt, this belief is based on personal experience with ageism, losing out to a younger competitor, for example.Â Or simply finding that the strategies that worked before — a dynamite resume, power networkingÂ — aren’t producing the desired result, especially in the current economic climate.Â Â Ageism isn’t going to disappear, and we might do well to take the advice of employment counselors, weary of the complaint: “Get over it!”
Here, according to a new study from MetLife Mature Market Institute are seven common mistakes older job seekers must correct if they are to be successful in finding work.
â€¢ â€œIâ€™ll just do what I was doing before.â€
â€¢ â€œMy experience speaks for itself.â€
â€¢ â€œI donâ€™t have time for this touchy-feely stuff about what work means to me.â€
â€¢ â€œI know! Iâ€™ll become a consultant!â€
â€¢ â€œOf course Iâ€™m good with computers.â€
â€¢ â€œIâ€™ll just use a recruiter for some career coaching.â€
â€¢ â€œIâ€™ve always been successful, so why should things be different now?â€
If you are looking for work and any of these misconceptions ring a bell with you, take the time to download and read Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?Â The MetLife Study of the New Realities of the Job Market for Aging Baby Boomers (October ’09).Â It just might turn your head around.Â As the study says, “Wishful thinking is not a job search method.”Â Resilience, a willingness to relocate, and the motivation to learn new skills are absolute musts if you are seeking a job at 60 or older.Â Or at any age, for that matter.