You read lots of news these days about workers being left in the lurch as jobs continue to be sucked nto Mexico and countries overseas. Workers have lost confidence in the system—especially older workers who find it extra hard to land employment because of age discrimination.
But there is some good news for older workers—those of you 50 and older.
You don’t have to look at your age as a barrier. Because older workers are a largely untapped source, there has never been a better time for older executives and other seniors to offer your skills to the job market. Why? A large number of new and fast-growing small companies are eager to tap into your background. Also, companies love to rent you from temp agencies because of your reliability and experience.
Thats one of the reasons that you older workers keep on keeping on working, the title of another post on Your Career Service that you also might be interested in reading.
So it’s okay to wear your age as a badge of honor that younger colleagues and small business owners will appreciate. You hear many of them grumble about not being able to find seasoned candidates who are willing to work for less money.
You’ll identify small company prospects for your services by networking among friends and former associates, and also by contacting staffing services that specialize in your field.
I talked about being proud of your age. Multiple studies show that older workers are more reliable than their younger colleagues, are able to mentor younger workers, and offer the years of experience and know-how that cannot be found in younger workers. Be sure to point this out to the prospective employers and staffing services with whom you interview.
Just be sure you’re at the top of your game. That means being as much on the cutting edge of computers as your younger counterparts.
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