This piece from CBS MoneyWatch made me chuckle. It tells older workers looking for a job how not to act/appear to be old to younger hiring managers. They list 11 tips in all including:
1. Don’t play the wisdom card
2. Drop the corporate formality
3. Stay away from the slang
4. Don’t be an ageist
5. Drop the name-dropping
6. Stifle the unsolicited advice
7. Don’t get too personal
8. Nix the negativity
9. Delete the jokes about how flummoxed you are by technology
10. Don’t smirk at the vision thing
11. Don’t fear the niceties
It's a strange world out there sometimes, isn't it? A 50-year-old being hired by a 25-year-old used to be very rare. Now there are 25-year-olds that OWN successful companies, and a ton more that hire workers of all ages. I guess being in such a position is akin to dating again after being married for such a long period of time (and not being married all of a sudden for whatever reason) -- it all just seems so foreign.
Remember, to be successful at getting a new job you need to market yourself correctly. And by "correctly" (in this case) I mean you don't want to appear stodgy, out-of-date, out-of-touch, feeble, like someone's mom/dad, and so on. None of those will help you get the job you want (and thus, that's why you need to avoid the list above). Instead, you want to appear capable with a long list of accomplishments that show you can deliver for your potential employer.
Anyone ever been in this position -- either as the job seeker or the hiring manager? Any good war stories for the rest of us?