Entering the workforce… Again? Here’s how:

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“People want a continuing sense of purpose.”

– Ross Mayot, Vice President 
of Community Development for 
CARP and SERC Board Member
It doesn’t matter what age you are, we all have trouble finding that perfect job. Although, we don’t all face the same challenges. Over the past few months, there has been quite a bit of talk in the workforce about age discrimination around the world and how it can be prevented. It’s intimidating thinking you’ve already been rejected from a new job position due to your wiser years. And yet, shouldn’t that experience be giving you a leg up?
According to Paul Bernard, “You can land a good position after 50 if you know how to overcome the perception during job interviews that you’re too old.” The founder and principal of Paul Bernard & Associates (a life-coaching and career management consulting firm), he recognizes that although individuals in their 50s and 60s have to work harder, getting a new job is still attainable.
And what’s the best way to do this Paul?
The best way to combat age bias is to make sure interviewers have no doubt that you’ve got the drive, enthusiasm, dedication and focus of a younger worker as well as valuable skills derived from your years of experience. You’re nimble and have a background that will help an employer save money and avoid making mistakes.”
And if that isn’t enough, Bernard has set out a small guideline of how you can impress a future employer in an interview, and why you would be a great addition to the team:
  1. Prove that experience has taught you when (and when not) to take risks.
  2. Note that you’re an innovator, but not someone who’s constantly looking to reinvent the wheel.
  3. Demonstrate that you’re flexible.
  4. Explain that you’re skilled in social media, but also know that importance of one-on-one connections.
  5. Highlight your collaborative skills, but make sure the interviewer realizes you know how to make tough decisions on your own.
  6. Enthusiastically point out that you embrace change, but also know that change can be difficult.
  7. Finally, create the impression that you’re high-energy and loyal.

If you aren’t sure what the law entails when it comes to working in Canada, then visit their website, here, and find out your rights as an employee in the workplace. We are all entitled to fairness and equality, regardless of our age, so don’t let your fear of being rejected stop you from re-entering the workforce.
If you are interested in learning more about this topic, SERC’s Business of Aging: Information Exchange Network will be hosting a breakfast on January 30 to discuss all aspects of older adults in the workplace.



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