The time has come for older workers to go for it

Older Workers—go for it

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.

RANDY PLACE is the author of Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. Oder workers can get more tips in the chapter titled: “Your Either Too Young or Too Old.

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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.