Wednesday, September 28, 2022
ADVT 
Life

Finding a New Job Post 40

By Holly Caplan, 31 Jan, 2019 10:14 PM

    Five tips for women when looking for a new job over the age of 40.

     

     

    In 2024, women over 65 will make up roughly the same percentage of the female workforce as older men do of the male workforce. Additionally, twice as many women over 55 will be in the labour force as women ages 16-24.

    Knowing the stigma, knowing the numbers, and the reality, what is the best way to approach finding a new job later in life?

    Here are five tips if you are an older adult looking for a new job:

     

    Use your Network


    Sending our resumes to career websites will do nothing for us. We get pushed aside as we are categorized. The tip here is to use our network of colleagues, former business associates and friends to find companies who are hiring and will have a genuine interest in what we can do for their organizations. This method does work. Finding like-minded individuals with the same goals of working smart and getting stuff done will provide the best platform for finding a new working environment.


     

    Show off your skills


    At this point in our careers, we have a proven list of accomplishments and skillsets. We have navigated some of our toughest times and have already been through the learning. Because of this we require less training and possess the right skills, because yeah, we know how to do it. We need to show off our confidence and accolades to a potential employer. They need to know that our leadership skills and experience will fit in flawlessly with their company.

     

    Seek a mentor, be a mentor

    In recent weeks I have had great women mentor me. Women of a certain age. Women who are drama-free, make things happen and don’t sweat the small stuff. I appreciate them, have learned from them and have committed to do the same for others. This is important as this will help us change the tide and break the stigma.


     

    Be bold

    We can ask harder questions in the interview process and as an employee. Perhaps questions that challenge company methods or goals.

    If anything as women, unfortunately, we have been taught to be compliant and agreeable to get through the stepping-stones of our careers. We don’t have to do that anymore. We have arrived. Work experience has taught us to think quickly, make decisions and share opinions. We have a lot to teach, and hiring companies need to appreciate this.


    We are already tech savvy

    Much to the disbelief of others, age doesn’t stifle our tech knowledge. It’s who we are as a society. Most of us already use work related apps like Zoom, Slack, Dropbox and others. The point is, our tech knowledge isn’t lacking, so that is no excuse for hiring companies or managers. We are already there. This is not a hindrance.


    About the Author

    Holly Caplan is a workplace issues expert, career coach and author of Surviving the Dick Clique: A Girl's Guide to Surviving the Male Dominated Corporate World. For more information, visit,  www.hollycaplan.com

    MORE Life ARTICLES

    'Nari Shakti' Is Oxford Dictionary's Hindi Word Of The Year 2018

    The announcement was made during a session at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.

    'Nari Shakti' Is Oxford Dictionary's Hindi Word Of The Year 2018

    Visit a secret location for a special dinner

    Secret Supper Soiree is a mysterious little affair that whisks you off to a secret location for dinner

    Visit a secret location for a special dinner

    Natural Ways To Boost Immunity In Children

    It is natural for parents to protect their children from any harm, including the endless array of germs they are exposed to every day.

     

     

    Natural Ways To Boost Immunity In Children

    Smelling High-Calorie Food For 2 Minutes Can Help You Eat Less

    Smelling High-Calorie Food For 2 Minutes Can Help You Eat Less


    The study showed that ambient food scent can directly satisfy the belly because the brain does not necessarily differentiate the source of sensory pleasure.

    Smelling High-Calorie Food For 2 Minutes Can Help You Eat Less

    Diet More Important Than Exercise To Lose Weight: Study

    Diet More Important Than Exercise To Lose Weight: Study

    For those planning to hit the gym to lose weight, take note. A new study suggests that diet is far more important than physical activity including walking, fidgeting and formal exercise.

    Diet More Important Than Exercise To Lose Weight: Study

    Watching Peppy Videos Online Could Make You Happier

    Watching Peppy Videos Online Could Make You Happier

    Watching high-spirited videos on YouTube after a long day at work could pep you up a bit as researchers have found that people mirror the emotions of those they see online.

    Watching Peppy Videos Online Could Make You Happier