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08/25/07
Mature Workers 2.
Filed under: Interviewing, Networking, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 12:53 pm

Loretta Chao wrote a cogent piece that
offers motivation and suggestions
for mature workers wishing to stay in the
workforce.  Some notable items are:

MOTIVATION
“…Professionals in their 50s who get
downsized out of a job increasingly don’t
opt for early retirement.
- Many can’t afford to stop working …”
- “and even if they can, they often want
the camaraderie and stimulation of a job.”
- “stay mentally active, and
- ”the need for … health benefits.”

SUGGESTIONS
1.  convince a prospective employer that they
aren’t too old to learn something new and
have the energy to work as hard as
employees in their 20s and 30s.

2.  convince the prospective employer that they are
comfortable reporting to a younger boss —
and perhaps willing to earn less than in prior jobs.

3.  Consider the pros and cons of  removing
references to first job and college
graduation date from applications.

4.  ”reassure them that at your age, you want to
do the job you are applying for right now and  
plan to stay on the job for a long time…”

 5.  ”Never talk “about the ‘old days’ ” and “how we did it,” 

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