How Older Workers Can Deal With the Technology Bugaboo

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Technology has had a huge impact in the way employers hire. Large, medium size, and small companies rely on technology to streamline operations and procedures. So companies want employees who are tech savvy, eager to learn new computer skills, and able to adjust to the faster pace of business.

Every job has been affected by technology. In the job search you must show you have at least a basic technical aptitude to compete in this job market.

When it comes to older workers and technology, you need to show interviewers how you’ve kept up with it. Other than explaining the way in which you’re keeping in step with technology and how you’ll be able to add value to a company, interviewers also want to know if you can demonstrate proficiency in three key areas: An ability to learn quickly. Self-management skills. And technical proficiency.

For the first area, an ability to learn quickly, tell interviewers about an instance where you had to learn something new on the job. For Self-management skills, talk about specific instances where you initiated or carried out a project without supervision. And for technical proficiency, talk about technical skills you used in past jobs.

Because job interviewers like candidates who are self assured, talk about those three key areas with lots of enthusiasm.

Demonstrating proficiency in technology is just one of the barriers older workers face. You’ll learn game changing techniques for overcoming age barriers by reading and applying the one-minute coaching vignettes in the chapter, “You’re either too young or too old,” in my book “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.” Order now from Amazon.

Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.