The unemployed who turn age 50 are caught in several difficult situations because not only are jobs scarce for anyone who is 50 years old, but also there are some organizations that may have the stereotypical mindset that a person who is half the age of an applicant may be twice as productive. Because of this, an employer may side with a younger applicant because of their willingness to do whatever it takes to succeed. According to the March 2013 statistics from Missouri Labor, the unemployment rate for individuals between the ages of 45-54 is 25%. What a staggering number. Not only am I within this age range (along with some of our readers) but so are many of my unemployed high school and college classmates. This means that any unemployed persons 50 years old have to fight through the 75% of the younger (and older applicants.)
Today’s downturn in the economy is what many call a “Great Depression Recession”. This time in history will have an impact on our generation the same way that our parents and grandparents were affected by the same types of situations. Many of the middle-aged who have recently lost their job or have been without a steady-paying job for quite some time are anxious to return to the working environment. The dwindling savings account, lack of healthcare benefits, or just longing for the active surroundings are just a few of the important features of the essential reasons for employment.
Below are three ways that can assist a 50 year old with their employment pursuit:
Limit recording outdated experiences on your resume – Be cautious of specifying old graduation dates or other dates of long-ago on your resume. This can be a dead give-away of your age.
Display high regard to the job interviewer – Be as cordial as you can be with remarks of “yes sir” or “no ma’am”, even if you are the oldest person in the room. By displaying respect to the interviewer (regardless of his or her age), you allow them to sense mutual reverence and appreciation.
Become familiar with the new technology terminology – Bear in mind that there is so much technology in the workforce that no one person knows it all, but prior to an interview, it would be beneficial to you to investigate what type of technology that the company you are interviewing with requires their employees to know.
Remember, the employer has certain preferences and interests that the company desires for the applicant to possess. It may be predetermined as to the type of candidate that is needed for the position, so do not be discouraged or get disheartened because you did not acquire the job. If you are successful with getting an interview with a company, then you can be even more successful with your next interview, because now you have interviewing experience. We will not get every job that we apply for, but with persistence, we will not be jobless at 50.
Odie Smith is author of Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s Employment Survival Guides.
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