The thing I love about the career management business is that I have the opportunity to provide services to all ages spanning all generations. In my work with Baby Boomers, one of the frequently cited reasons for not finding a job is this: “I am too old – no one wants to hire me.” Here is a recent story about a Baby Boomer client who received corporate-sponsored outplacement services. We worked together for several sessions. Below is her success story – in her own words:
I did it – so can you!
Are you a Baby Boomer? Do you believe you are not hirable if you are past a certain age? Do you wonder how to even go about looking for a job? I did, too! It’s not as hard as you might think. A few easy steps and you, too, can have your ideal job!
1. Develop a list of what you enjoy, do well and would like to do in the future.
2. Ask yourself tough questions: What are you called to do? What is your mission in life?
3. Make a list of places you would like to work.
4. Create a powerhouse résumé to showcase your talents.
5. Go to the interview believing you already have the job.
And, when you get the job offer call, you will say (like the commercial): THAT WAS EASY!
So how long, might you wonder, did it take the above-referenced Baby Boomer to find a job in an intensely competitive job market? Less than 48 hours! Less than 2 days! Less than 2,880 minutes!
She applied online (based upon a referral) at approximately 8:00 P.M. on a Monday evening; had an interview at 4:00 P.M. the next day and by 4:15 P.M. the following day (Wednesday), received a job offer which she accepted upon negotiation of terms agreeable to both parties. My client is one happily employed Baby Boomer and her new employer can’t wait for her to start!
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ~ Abraham Lincoln