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  1. 1. Rose Susami Waukesha County Technical College Career Center - 2010
  2. 2. Age is an Advantage Objectives Perceptions of the experienced job seeker & the employer What are the challenges facing the mid-life job seeker Strategies to overcome perceptions/employment barriers Share real stories – Youtube video Interview questions you may be asked as a mid-careerist Additional Resources
  3. 3. Job seekers were asked what are the benefits of hiring a Seasoned Employee - Are there more??? The Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board Survey Presentation - 2010
  4. 4. Age is an Advantage – survey results
  5. 5. Challenges facing mid-life employee The Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board Survey Presentation - 2010
  6. 6. Counteract Sterotypes of Mid-careerist Can’t learn, won’t learn Rigid, inflexible, opinionated Intolerant of views other than their own Health problems interfere with work Examples of quick learning Open-minded, open to suggestions Work well with all kinds of people Energetic, excellent attendance
  7. 7. Additional challenges Excerpts from “The Age Advantage” by Dr. Jean Erickson Walker Personal life crisis – loss of identity Career history was with one company or in the same job Confidence has been shaken – lost faith in themselves Headed for the finish line – present quality of life was never a goal Reluctance to accept change in the workplace Additional financial responsibilities in comparison to the younger worker.
  8. 8. Counteracting Age Discrimination Omit dates that are “red flags”: high school or college graduation dates – consider a combination resume format Software skills/Classes taken no longer used in the business world  Make certain your appearance is up-to-date (clothing, glasses, hair style, accessories) – project confidence. Emphasize your positive attributes: flexible, positive work ethic, good judgment, communication skills. If you lack a skill or experience the job requires, offer to learn it or ask if the company offers training.
  9. 9. U.S. jobs most in demand – per Manpower, Inc. (2010) 1. Skilled trades (mechanics, electrician, welders) 2. Sales Representatives – Customer Service Representatives 3. Nurses 4. Technician 5. Drivers 6. Restaurants, hotel staff 7. Management/executives 8. Engineers 9. Doctors 10. Customer support and services New Emerging Industries Water Supply Systems, Science & Technology, Clean energy & Power Plants, Transportation Systems, Agricultural Technologies, Sustainable living.
  10. 10. Some different perspectives… 4 Generations Working Together - Jason Dorsey Resource: Age is an Advantage.pptx Personal stories What do these experiences tell us about the world of work? Any interview experiences?
  11. 11. 10 Interview Questions for Mid-Career Job Seekers to Anticipate 1. You appear to be overqualified for this position. Won’t you get bored? Some answers:  “There is a greater return on your money if I hit the ground running – there will be less training time.”  “Based on your company’s plans for future growth, having experienced employees will be critical.  “You are an excellent company. You deserve excellence in employees and I have proven skills such as__________.”
  12. 12. 10 Interview Questions for Mid-Career Job Seekers to Anticipate 2.This company is on the fast track. Do you think that you can keep up? Some answers:  “I have stayed on top of the industry and am computer literate (take this opportunity to showcase any training classes you have taken).”  “Consider hitting this question head-on by stating politely that you have not noticed any slowdown or stagnancy in attitude or energy.”
  13. 13. 10 Interview Questions for Mid-Career Job Seekers to Anticipate 3.This is a completely different industry than you were in before. Can you tell us how you will transfer your skills? Some answers:  “I have accessed your website and have read everything about your company.” (Then, draw some analogy to a previous area of expertise & relate it to the new company’s product or service.)
  14. 14. 10 Interview Questions for Mid-Career Job Seekers to Anticipate 4.I have noticed that you have been out of work for over a year. Besides seeking employment ,what have you been doing? Can you explain this break in employment? Some answers:  “I am looking for something different. I am fortunate to be in a position to take time (research) to make sure this job is right for both of us.”  “I have used this time to brush up (or learn) a new skill, and now I am ready to contribute my knowledge & expertise to a viable company such as yours.”
  15. 15. 10 Interview Questions for Mid-Career Job Seekers to Anticipate 5.Why do you think you are qualified for this position? I don’t see where you have experience that would match our business needs. Some answers:  “My excitement at learning new things never diminishes. With my work experience, I know I will be a quick learner.” Take this opportunity to point out any skills you have added to your repertoire. Identify a skill you have, and align it to something you would need to do on the new job.
  16. 16. 10 Interview Questions for Mid-Career Job Seekers to Anticipate 6.Your resume indicates you have worked at a lot of different places. Can you comment on that? Some answers:  “Each of those positions broadened my knowledge and skill base. I have developed a keen ability to adapt and be flexible – not only to the company culture but also to my manager’s style.”  “The industries I was in were greatly affected by external factors. Fortunately, I was able to be hired and grew from these experiences.”
  17. 17. 10 Interview Questions for Mid-Career Job Seekers to Anticipate 7.You were with your last company for 19 years. Can you change the way you do things? Some answers:  “I am looking for change!”  “My last company underwent many changes during that time, and I enjoy trying new things and ideas.” (Share examples whenever possible.)
  18. 18. 10 Interview Questions for Mid-Career Job Seekers to Anticipate 8.We are on the cutting edge of technology. Can you keep up? Some answers: Again reinforce skills, classes/courses and upgrades you have had. You may need to mention this several times and in as many different ways as possible to overcome their doubt.
  19. 19. 10 Interview Questions for Mid-Career Job Seekers to Anticipate 9. I see you have been a consultant. Does that just mean you were out of work? Some answers:  “My previous company brought me back on contract to complete several projects, which I did – and now I want to see if there is something more exciting out there.”  “I understand many people are calling themselves consultants while they look for a new position (laugh - use a little bit of “levity”). But this is what I accomplished during that time.”
  20. 20. 10 Interview Questions for Mid-Career Job Seekers to Anticipate 10. What do you think you are worth since you have been in the work world so long? Some answers:  Never respond with a specific dollar amount. Affirm that you have vast skills and experience. Indicate that you are either willing to start over to show them the value you bring to the table or deserving of top dollar. Either way, be confident.  Research what the range of a similar position would be.  Ask them what range of pay is allocated for this position.
  21. 21. Resources Computer Skills (through WCTC & WFDC)–  Basic/Introduction – Computer Skills Lab  Beyond Basics Computer Lab  Library Express AARP -   Free webinars through AARP: hunting/info-04-2010/job_webinars.html  Positive Attitude is Key For Older Workers and Job-Seekers.mht  id=1&nodeid=1 Networking – work your contacts through Linkedin? Questions/Expectations?
  22. 22. AGE IS AN ADVANTAGE BEST OF LUCK IN YOUR JOB SEARCH! Rose Susami WCTC Career Center - 2010