Guest Post: Ford R. Myers ...


Again, I’m just getting enough time
freed up to get back into writing The Job Stalker, and I’ve not had
a chance to “get stuff in the hopper” such as interviews, etc.
However, the following piece came in to my e-mail this week, and as I’ve
used Ford Myers’ materials in a “guest post” in the past, I
figured this would be great for this Wednesday’s post!

I’m assuming that most folks reading
this are a bit less “mature” than I am (although I’ve not quite
made it to that “55-plus” level mentioned in this), so this might
not be as of as much interest as it was to me. I know that I’ve
experienced “age discrimination” in several positions … a lot
of folks are incredulous that an “over 45” guy can be up with
current Social Media and technology trends, and I’ve sensed that I’ve
been dismissed out of hand because of this. Anyway, here is Myers’
latest on the “older worker” niche:


Career Coach, Speaker and Author Ford
R. Myers

Offers Practical Job Search Strategies
for Individuals of Any Age

Despite U.S. unemployment rates that hover around 10 percent, one
segment of the population is not being hit as hard: employees age
55-plus. At its peak in December 2009, the unemployment rate for this
group was 7.2 percent. As of December, 2010, it was 6.9 percent.
These statistics will no doubt come as a surprise to all the 55-plus
job seekers who are still struggling to find work.

Ford R. Myers, Career Coach, Speaker
and Author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring,”
(John Wiley & Sons, 2009, finds that
mature workers offer experience and skills that younger workers
cannot offer employers. “They are more likely to stay put for
longer than their younger counterparts, thus reducing turnover –
which lowers the costs associated with hiring and training,”
says Myers.

Regardless of the benefits mature
workers offer employers, many face age discrimination when searching
for a new job. Myers suggests the following four practical
strategies that can increase the chance of landing a great job at any

1. Energy level. Even if you’re a
mature worker, it’s important to maintain a high level of energy and
project real vitality. This allows you to take on challenging
projects, keep up with the fast pace of business, and get things done
efficiently. So show-up early, move fast throughout the day, and work

2. Technology skills. As an older
candidate, you didn’t grow up in the computer age, but it’s critical
that you learn and practice technical skills. Employers are much more
likely to hire mature workers who can demonstrate strong computer
skills and possess a comfort level with technology in general. This
is a great way to compete effectively with younger candidates.

3. Personal image. It’s always
important to look your best, and this is especially true when the
mature worker is looking for a job. Pay close attention to your
appearance. You can make a more positive impression by updating your
hairstyle, eyeglasses, clothing and many other personal attributes.
Your wardrobe may also need a “makeover” to look more

4. Company culture. Research the
culture of your prospective employer. If everyone at the company is
20 to 30 years old, then the firm is not likely to hire an older
candidate like you. On the other hand, there are companies that have
a reputation for attracting and hiring mature workers. These firms
actually like to have “adult supervision,” and they’ll pay
a premium for your greater levels of experience and wisdom.

“You can’t change your
chronological age, so don’t waste mental energy thinking about it.
Older workers who understand that their maturity and expertise are
assets are more likely to land the job they want in the long run,”
adds Myers.

For more information and other useful
tips to help those in career transition achieve career success, visit

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LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Permission to Reprint: This article may
be reprinted, provided it includes the following attribution:
Reprinted by permission of Ford R. Myers, a nationally-known Career
Coach and author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s
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