10 Steps To Overcome Ageism In Your Job Search
Employer bias is an age-old problem when it comes to finding rewarding work. But your age shouldn’t be a problem.
Ageism, or discrimination based on age, poses an unfair bias in the job market. Older workers may face stereotypes that make it difficult for them to find employment. However, there are steps that older job seekers can take to overcome ageism and increase their chances of finding a job.
In this article, we will discuss 10 strategies for overcoming ageism in your job search. By addressing ageism directly, highlighting your value and accomplishments, and staying current and open to new opportunities, you can overcome stereotypes and ageism and land the job you want!
1. Own the conversation
Address ageism head-on in your cover letter and resume, and in your interview. By acknowledging and addressing potential concerns about your age upfront, you can show that you are self-aware and confident — and that they have nothing to worry about.
You also don’t need to include dates for certifications and educational accomplishments in your resume, such as when you graduated school. It’s only relevant if you need to point out you have a current license required for the job.
2. Put your value first
Highlight your accomplishments and achievements rather than focusing on your years of experience. Emphasize the value and skills you can bring to the job, rather than how long you have been working.
3. Stay current
Keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date. Take classes, attend workshops, and stay current on industry trends and developments to show that you are not out of touch.
4. Use a modern resume format
Use a modern, updated resume format. Avoid using an outdated resume template and make sure your resume looks professional and up-to-date.
5. Keep your network fresh
Network and build relationships. Keep current with people in your industry, attend events, and leverage your personal and professional connections to find job opportunities.
6. Be teachable
Show enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Ageism can be fueled by stereotypes about older workers being resistant to change or unwilling to learn new things. Show that you are open to new ideas and eager to take on new challenges.
7. Consider changing industries
If you have been in the same industry for a long time and are finding it difficult to get hired, consider switching to a different field where your experience and skills may be more in demand.
8. Be flexible
Be open to flexible work arrangements. Many employers are interested in hiring part-time, flexible, or remote workers. Be open to these options and let potential employers know that you are willing to be flexible.
9. Try entrepreneurship
Consider starting your own business. If you are having trouble finding a job, consider starting your own business or consulting practice. This can be a great way to utilize your skills and experience and be in control of your own career.
10. Get professional help
META can help you with your unique career goals (and obstacles) by working with you 1-on-1 on your job search. All of our services are completely free, and can help you make taking the next step in your career a breeze!
Overall, the key to overcoming ageism in your job search is to focus on your skills, accomplishments, and potential value to an employer.
And with these 10 strategies in hand, you can protect yourself during your job search and land the job you want even sooner!