There are 10 job search mistakes often made by older workers which cause them to miss out on opportunities for work that they want.
It’s easy to blame age discrimination, but consider if you could be causing your own employment problems? Many older workers make basic job search mistakes that lead to them being overlooked and then they have to live with the consequences of unemployment, underemployment, or being stuck in a job that they hate.
Today I had a phone call from a past client, a lovely capable woman who is currently unemployed. She left her job because of serious bullying issues that management refused to address. Rather than “make a fuss” she chose to leave a workplace that she found stressful and unhappy.
Her dream is modest – to have a job that enables her to prove her worth and to be given further opportunities for responsibility and some training so that she can grow in skills, confidence and value to the company.
She knows what she would love to do but is unable to find work opportunities that lead towards that role. She is not unrealistic and is prepared to work below her level of experience to get a foot in the door. However her work history does not show a steady commitment to a couple of companies. On the contrary she has changed jobs quite a lot, a combination of personal circumstances and leaving work when she found she was unhappy. Yet this woman isn’t a quitter. She is determined that she will find the work that suits her, that she suits, and where she can give great value.
This is not an unusual situation. There are many people, hidden from the jobless figures, who are unemployed or underemployed but don’t want to be in this situation. Many ask, seeming not to expect a positive answer, “Are there any jobs for over 50 women or men?” They are unaware that their own job search mistakes are getting in the way of their success.
I have analysed her situation, her resume and cover letter, and observed the following 10 classic mistakes being made. Many of them are issues of what to include in a resume to give yourself the best possible chance of getting the job you want. I hope they are helpful to you too.
Common Job Search Mistakes of Older Workers