Overcoming age-related hiring challenges

There are occasions where older individuals will need to look for a job. Whether it's poor financial plans, sudden layoffs or a need to make more money in general, there are a variety of incidents that can force someone over 50 to seek new employment. Many common misconceptions may exist with an employer when it comes to bringing someone on who has reached their golden years, so getting around these roadblocks is the first big task people in this age group will have to deal with in finding positions.

Act like an innovator
CNN wrote that one of the biggest obstacles will be that hiring personnel will assume that older workers have set styles and are inflexible, meaning they won't work well in other corporate environments. If they have a long work history with a single corporation, potential employers will assume that these workers will be dedicated to their previous corporation's work ethics and guidelines, and therefore won't adapt to other systems.

Learn new tactics
Some good financial investment advice would be to spend time and money regularly updating personal skills and knowledge, thereby avoiding the idea that, as an older worker, an individual isn't aware of the changing management and technology spheres. However, US News did recommend looking for firms that are friendlier to older hires. Age-oriented or learning institutions won't be as averse to bringing on a 50-year-old worker as technology or advertising agencies, which seek out newer, fresher images in both their products and personnel.

Job history
While older employees may not have the youthful vigor of those in their 20s, they also have a variety of experience and insight that fledgeling professionals can't match. CNN said that promoting this level of expertise is best – it shows hiring management that someone over 50 can still think on their feet, promote innovative thinking and call on a rich depth of personal history to solve problems.

On the other hand, Interns Over 40 wrote that it's best not to overwhelm a resume with every piece of work-related history a job candidate in this age range has at their disposal. At such an age, it's likely that a person has accomplished great depths of work-related achievements, but a cluttered or overly long application will be a turnoff to many HR reviewers.

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