How Can Older Workers Compete in the Job Market?

Discrimination against older workers is a common issue, and for those suffering from this issue, it can be frustrating. It’s difficult when employers fail to recognize the talent and skills you can bring to the job. Unfortunately, a lot of employers have an inaccurate view of older workers. But there are some things you can do to help market yourself, and we will discuss these.

Be Flexible

Workplaces have changed over time, and you need to be able to change to adapt. Employers generally expect their employees to work well with others, work from different locations, and handle assignments that would not typically be considered part of their job. You should show your ability to do this both on your resume and in any interviews by providing specific examples of how you have done this in the past.

Update Your Education

You are going to be competing with people who have just recently obtained degrees. You don’t need to get a whole new degree, but you could get a certification that would be beneficial in your line of work. You won’t even need to leave your home with all of the online classes available today. Yet continuing your education will show that you are willing to learn new things and that you are keeping your knowledge in the field up to date.

Network

You have probably developed many business contacts over the years, and now would be a good time to get in touch with some of these people, especially those who know you well. You can find out if they know of any opportunities that would fit your skills and see if they would be willing to give you a reference or even help you get the job.

Emphasize Your Soft Skills

With all of your experience, you are bound to have acquired some highly desirable soft skills, which employers are bound to appreciate. These are skills like leadership, critical thinking, and teamwork which are developed over time. Also, these skills could put you ahead of some of the competition since young workers have had less time to develop these skills.

Keep Your Technical Skills Updated

Most employers want employees with excellent up to date technical skills. So, if you can show that you have these skills, it will improve your chances of getting the job you want.

Employers want diversity in their workplaces, and this generally means people of different ages as well as other characteristics. So, you should find plenty of employers open to hiring you. But, you’ll still be competing with a lot of younger people, and these tips might just give you the advantage you need to get your next great job.

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