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Mistakes Job-Seekers Over 50 Make


If you are over 50 and looking for work, you may feel a lot of pressure to find a high paying job in a very short amount of time. You may have taxes, a mortgage, insurance, and other bills breathing down your neck and dwindling your savings. Finding a job takes time. Don't add to that time by making the common mistakes that job seekers over the age of 50 often make.

A big one is feeling defeated right from the start. If you have a, "No one wants to hire someone my age";attitude, then it will be much tougher to find work. Interviewers can tell if you enter the room already convinced that they won't hire you. If you are going to succeed in finding work, then you have to believe that someone out there is willing to employ you.

Mistakes Job-Seekers Over 50 Make

Another mistake is to discredit former contacts. Think about individuals you worked with a decade or longer ago. Don't think they have forgotten you. They may know of a great opportunity. So break out the old Rolodex, and make some calls to see if anyone can refer you in the right direction.

Don't show up to an interview with a chip on your shoulder. I know it sounds like common sense, but it is also a natural human reaction for an experienced professional to cop an attitude when the guy across the table is half his age. You may know more than him, but he decides if you get the job or not. You're going to have to swallow your pride to nail the interview.

Obviously you have a great deal of experience. You don't have to list it all on your resume. No one has time to read an autobiography on what you've done for work over the past 30 years. The last ten years (15 at the most) are the most important unless something is particularly relevant. The fact is, anything before that means you may have to be retrained, since modern technology has changed most businesses in the last decade anyway.

Don't think you can interview without preparing. If you have a friend in his 20s or 30s who is willing to help you, then take advantage of that. Interviews are different now than they were 20 or 30 years ago. You can't just wing it and get a job anymore.

You also can't ignore the fact that you are probably overqualified for the job you are applying for. The potential employer sees you as just wanting any job. That means if a better offer comes around, you'll be out of there, and they'll be back to square one. Let them know that isn't true. Explain why you want to work for this company and your goals with this particular job, so that they see you will benefit the company as a whole.

By avoiding these few simple mistakes that many make, you will be well on your way to securing that much needed job.

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