Q: I was recently laid off from a company I worked with for 20 years. I am 60 years old, I’ve been looking for a new job for two months, and I believe my age is a barrier to me being hired.
A: I’m sorry you’ve been laid off. Being laid off at any age isn’t easy, let alone after being with a company for 20 years. Don’t assume the reason you aren’t getting a job right away is because of your age. It’s taking everyone longer to get a job, not just you. Here are a few points to consider :
A major 2007 study by Sirota Survey Intelligence showed that hiring older workers has many benefits. Results found older workers bring a higher level of satisfaction, pride and willingness to go the “extra mile” to their jobs than younger generations, while also expressing the strongest satisfaction with the fairness of their compensation.
Further, the average “younger” worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, U.S. B labour statistics. You’re 60; even if you retire in five years, you will still have outlasted the average “younger” worker.
Look at your mindset; stop seeing your age as a problem that can’t be fixed.A few other tips: If you don’t have one already, create a LinkedIn profile; dress well, with up-to-date clothing; refresh your skills – ensure you are tech savvy! List younger people as references – this demonstrates that you can relate to younger people.
Most importantly, present yourself with a positive attitude, energy and openness. These are qualities every employer is looking for.