Keith had his last permanent job in accounting 9 years ago (at age 56). He was ready to jump back into a full-time job (at age 65).
Think the odds were against him? Of course they were. Age bias does exist, and employment gaps do cause problems.
He expected to have to go through many interviews before he finally landed a position.
With interview coaching, he got a great job offer after 2 interviews with his first company.
Here's what happened:
Just to let you know that I am starting work on Monday in a full-time permanent role after 9 years since my last permanent job at the age of 56.
As you know I had completed my AAT level 4 in November and had been spending most of my [time] since building up my profile and presence on LinkedIn, registering with agencies, etc.
This was my first interview for a permanent job. I then got a second interview for that same job, yesterday and was offered the job today. I got this job via a recruiting agency.
I would like to thank you for the advice/help you gave me in preparing myself for interviews. To me this is quite amazing as I thought I would need lots of interviews before a first job offer was given.
Interview coaching can result in a huge improvement in your performance that gets you hired.
Lynn was able to transfer from a temporary position to a permanent one because she made the investment in herself by getting training and preparing for her behavioral job interview. She said it was invaluable--it made her more confident and gave her better interview answers.
Not all job seekers make the effort to invest in themselves, but it always pays off and Lynn is proof that it works. Congratulations Lynn!
Peggy, (and team!),
I sat in on several webinars and it really helped me keep my motivation, skills and morale up! I joined the [Total Access Coaching Club] and it was invaluable!
I am happy to say I did land a nearby government job with good pay and excellent benefits. I had submitted an online application, had attended a job fair just after that, signed up with one of their main temporary agencies and got on quickly for a short temporary position. In a couple of weeks, I was called in for a behavioral interview and I was very confident and thorough in my answers.
Your advice helped me clinch the job! I am very grateful and want others to know that even after age 55, there are great jobs out there! Just keep looking!
Qualified executive Tom had trouble landing the job for 8 months...until he brought a 30-60-90-Day Action Plan to his interview. His new boss thought it was what set Tom apart and helped him beat out two other qualified candidates. Congratulations Tom!
After 8 frustrating months, I just landed a VP level position with a well known company. Being 62 years old made this even more remarkable. My resume was already in the format you suggest, but handing the 30/60/90 day plan to the hiring manager made the difference. There were two other qualified candidates, but my new boss specifically mentioned the action plan as something special. Thanks for your help!
I speak to a lot of people in their 60s who have real trouble getting a job...but with the right approach, you absolutely can get a great job. At any age, how you present yourself to the employer makes all the difference.
Are you over 50 and in the job search? Plan on being more aggressive than you may have ever had to be before. You are fighting some biases and pushing past some obstacles, but it can be done.
Tom got 4 interviews and 2 job offers even though he was over 50 and hadn't interviewed in 20 years. Because he interviewed so well, the company elevated the position and the pay. (Goes to show that even if you're not entirely sure about the job, interview for it anyway and bring your A game--you never know what will happen!)
If you're over 50 (or sometimes 40) in a job search, you may be asked interview questions that are indirectly related to your age. Employers are restricted in asking direct questions (because of anti-discrimination laws) but still have concerns about you, and try to address them in other ways.
Below are 5 questions you may be asked in a job interview. Click on the question to see the best answer.
I felt I needed to send you a big "thank you!". Here's why:
I have been looking for a job for 9 months after being laid off...I am over 50 so it hasn't been easy and I can't remember how I found you and your resources but I want to say it was approximately 2 months ago and I knew I had to do something different so I decided to invest the money and purchase your services...I am so glad I found you!
What I found to be the most valuable assets were the 30/60/90 day plan and the advice of making sure you include numbers, percentages, etc. on your resume (i.e., increased leads by 40%, etc.). These were the 2 keys that got me the phone interviews and then the face-to-face meetings. The look of surprise when I mentioned I had a 30/60/90-day plan prepared was priceless - they all were most impressed.
So now for the good news, or should I say great news! I literally have 3 solid job offers that I am in the process of deciding on. Because they are all great offers and literally came in within 1 day of each other I was honest with each of them letting them know that there were other companies that had made offers and that I owed each of them the respect of doing my due diligence as I had spent significant time with each of them. They all said they completely understand and now I am getting emails from all 3 asking what they can do to get me on board with their companies. It's seriously amazing! It is a very difficult decision to make as they have all offered me equity in the company, salary is 15K more than my previous job and all are in an exciting space. So, by end of day Monday I will have made my decision and will be happily employed again.
Please tell your members that there is hope for those of us over 50. All 3 of these companies mentioned during our last conversations that they were looking for people with "experience" and "maturity".
Bottom line - your product(s) and you really do work! I am impressed!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
If you'd like to learn more about how to job search successfully over 50, come to my Free Webinar: 5 Simple Tips to Beat Age Discrimination. You'll learn a lot AND receive free gifts that will help you in your search.
5 Simple Tips To Beat Age Discrimination (or Bias) In Your Job Search
If you are over 40, you MUST know this to get hired now.
Age discrimination is almost impossible to prove, but still keeps thousands of job seekers over 40 from getting hired. With the right strategy, you can not only prevent it from hurting your job search chances, you can easily get hired at the job of your dreams.
In this webinar, you will learn simple, easy tips that anyone can use to beat age discrimination and get hired:
Easy Ways To Overcome The 5 Biggest Biases Against Older Job Seekers
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You can not afford to job search without this information!
I speak to a lot of job seekers in their 50s and 60s with flagging self-confidence (for a lot of reasons--age bias, a job search that's very different from the last time they had to look, health issues, or personal circumstances).
So, I wanted to share with you this email from a job seeker in his 50s who learned how to answer interview questions, gained confidence, and got the job:
I would like to let you know for the last few weeks I have been reading and listening to your advice and would like to say a big 'Thank you' to you. I have put your advice into 'action' and was offered a position today from a quality company.
I am in my 50's and looking at the employees, it looks as if I will be the most mature of the employees in the company and it did not affect my chances. Your experience, advice and enthusiasm has help me tremendously to have the confidence to answer the questions correctly knowing the reasons behind the questions, so I was armed with the correct tools, to do as you say 'nail that job'. Thank you once again.
Here are 2 ways you can give yourself a job search edge and get the offer:
Mr. Frost said it helped him to know the "why" behind interview questions. I cover this information extensively in 2 ebooks on Amazon:
Have you ever felt like your age was holding you back in your job search?
If you are over 40 (not to mention 50 or 60), age discrimination could be keeping you from getting hired. It's almost impossible to prove, but it still happens. And it's not just frustrating--it's threatening to your career and the quality of your life.
No matter how old you are, you deserve to get the job you want and are qualified for. To make sure that happens, I am putting together a free webinar with Bobby Edelman, founder of Interns Over 40. (If you haven't seen his website, you need to.) Bobby is a true expert on the issues older job seekers face, as well as the solutions that work.
One of the hardest things for older job seekers to do is edit your work history, but you absolutely must. No resume should be longer than 2 pages, unless you are at the C-level. A too-long resume says (1) "I don't know how to tailor my resume to highlight what's important for this job" and (2) "I am at least over 40 and probably over 50, which you can see from my long list of jobs." The good news is that you have a wealth of experience to create a true marketing document for yourself. That leaves you with no resume fluff--only impressive, attention-getting accomplishments tailored for each job you apply for.
Experience doesn't matter nearly as much as what you've accomplished. How have you helped the companies you worked for make money or save money? Describe those accomplishments using numbers, dollars, and percentages on your resume and you will have hiring managers (potential bosses) racing to interview you.