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01/24/08
Mature Workers. Past-50s Job Search
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Public Relations docs, Networking, Mentoring, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 9:12 am

Sometimes when surfing blogs, value
is found in the
article, sometimes it is
found in the references and
links, but
don’t overlook the comments.  A recent

WSJ article on Post-50s (Links to WSJ
no longer work; new web page)
job
searching intrigued me
(you can guess
why– over 50!  ).


The comments (links to WSJ are not
functioning) were huge!  Let me
highlight two:


“Tom Kellum


  • Companies don’t hire; people do…
    Therefore, target people who can
    hire you.


  • Your biggest challenge is how to
    get an interview with someone that
    can
    hire you. If you only concentrate
    on “finding a job”, you might do

    something that cripples your
    chances of getting an interview…

  • The most important thing a hiring
    authority
    wants to know is what you
    can DO for her/him.
    Make it easy for them to
    know that….


  • Make your letter an offer to be of
    service…

  • … Close by suggesting that if it
    sounds like
    you might be of service,
    here’s the easiest way to get in touch
    with me…

  • The odds of getting an interview
    by
    mass-mailings is extremely low.
    There are plenty of good jobs that
    are
    currently open and available. You
    can make better use of your time

    concentrating on known, currently
    open positions…”

  • And “Janice Morrison
    …The key is to avoid the HR department
    with every fiber of your being.  Most
    people spend
    80% of their time going
    after 20% of the job market
    which is
    advertised.  When going after an
    advertised
    position the best way to
    approach it is to find out
    who the
    hiring manager is and target that person
    directly…  The key is to think of
    yourself as the
    product and target
    the person in the company
    who can
    not only hire you but who can create

    a position for you and pay you more
    money.
      It is also best when over 50
    to market yourself to
    small and
    medium sized companies… A
    smaller
    company will value your
    experience because you
    can wear
    many hats and offer more value. 

    Another tip is in your cover letter
    to offer that
    you are open to
    consulting opportunities.  If a

    company should have a question
    about ability
    and age that gives
    them a chance to “try you
    out”
    before they “buy.”



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