If you're over 40 and unemployed, you might want to change your job search perspective. Related: 5 Things You Should Be Doing If You’re Unemployed I don’t know about you, but the original Star Wars trilogy was a big part of my young life. Star Wars was actually the first movie I ever saw. My family went to the drive in to see a double feature - Star Wars and Smokey and the Bandit! Yoda trained Jedi Warriors to use “the Force,” which seemed to me to be nothing more than Zen Philosophy spoken backwards. The long and short of it is, he taught people to unlearn what they had learned. To think from a different point of view, to look within.
There's a saying that “holding onto anger is like drinking poison and hoping someone else will die.” This couldn’t apply more for the over 40 and unemployed or long term unemployed. Many people are willing to tell you what to do when moving forward in your job search with little understanding or regard for circumstances of the reason you are out there looking. Whether you left quietly or went all “Jerry Maguire” on your ex-employer when you were terminated or laid off, you have unresolved emotions like confusion, anger, hurt, and bitterness. This is the “poison” you are drinking.
I work with people who are 45+ and looking for work, and I've seen a pattern in the “strategies” of the older and unemployed. To put it simply, older job seekers have been beaten up, treated unfairly, and are given soooo much (bad) advice that it’s hard to know what's right, wrong, or even worth trying IF you can get an interview. I have a one simple question I ask ALL of the older and unemployed people I coach: "Does it help you get hired or does it help you get eliminated?" If you're over 40 and unemployed, start asking yourself this question about everything you do in your job search. And remember, if what you are doing isn’t working, change it! I want you to go to your next interview energized, confident, and prepared. I want you to get hired for a great job. So, I am going to give you the top three ways the older and unemployed overcompensate in interviews!
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The biggest frustration for a hiring manager when asking interview questions is the “general” or “safe” answer. It is easy to tell when someone is giving me one because they stop and you can see them thinking, "Hmm, what are they looking for here?" Then, they usually sit back in their chair (which is bad, too) and then look anywhere BUT at the hiring manager and start using buzz terms and generalities. Hiring Manager: “Why should I hire you?” You (while gazing from side to side, sitting back in your chair with crossed arms): “Well, ah, I’m hard working, reliable and a team player.” Great, everything every other candidate has said when asked the same question! You may think you are improving your chances of getting hired by giving answers like this, but I can guarantee you are getting yourself eliminated! The following video explains in further detail.
It’s true: what you know about finding a job is wrong. Yep, you read that correctly – wrong. I met a young lady last week who was going to school to be a career advisor – huh? That just goes to prove the point I make over and over, the people teaching you how to get a job have never hired anyone – never. Just like this young lady who was going to school to teach people how to get a job. She is learning the information and advice she will give eager job seekers from teachers who have never hired anyone either. This is the problem. Now these people aren’t intentionally trying to hurt your chances, they mean well. They just don’t have the experience or resources to really help you. The information they provide you doesn’t help you get hired, it is designed to keep you from getting eliminated. Here is an interview I did with Bruce Hurwitz of Blog Talk Radio that explains exactly what I mean. Listen to Interview Now » Corey Harlock, founder of Skills to Achieve, is on a mission, teaching job seekers how to be Inspired to Get Hired! Corey created the Fearless Job Seeker System to teach everyone what only a few job seekers know — about how to Promote Yourself and get hired. Click here » and learn more! Read more » articles by this approved career expert | Click here » if you’re a career expert Image from Anson0618/Shutterstock