If you are a boomer or senior you have obstacles to overcome in your job search. Unless you’re seeking a career move that is lateral or a promotion, you’re fighting a recruiter’s concern that you are overqualified and will not stay. Age, however, can be a very big issue. No hiring manager can ask the question, but it’s hard to disguise your age. If you’re 55 you might succeed in looking 45 or 50 for awhile, but for the most part it’s clear that you’re at least a boomer. It’s important to know what that recruiter might be assuming as she or he thinks about your age. She might assume, for instance:
The pros to hiring an older worker:
- They generally have a great work ethic – on time, don’t call in sick a lot, concentrate on doing their job when they’re there.
- They generally keep the job for longer
- They take direction well, and are seldom insubordinate
The cons to hiring an older worker:
- They might have more health problems, perhaps ultimately driving up the group insurance premium for all
- Their skills are out of date
- They don’t learn as quickly, and don’t retain as well
A strong LinkedIn profile can remove every one of these obstacles.
I’m about to tell you how, but first I need to make two points about LinkedIn and social media in general that you MUST take to heart before you even delve into the social networking world. Continue reading “LinkedIn for 50+ Job Hunt”