How To Overcome Age Discrimination In Your Job Search
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Do you think you’re facing age discrimination or ageism in your job search? Do you feel like no one is hiring you because you’re older than the competition? You’re not alone with these feelings. However, there’s some important things you need to know if you want to overcome this challenge…
Okay, so first, I want to tackle a HUGE misconception about age discrimination in the workforce.
The truth is, it’s not age discrimination that’s holding you back. It’s experience discrimination.
It’s a true case of supply and demand that’s happening right now.
There are 77 million Baby Boomers in the workforce. These are people who are in their late 50s and 60s who are still active in their careers.
But here’s the thing, Millennials make up half of the workforce right now, and the oldest Millennials are in their 30s, which means they have skills and experience under their belts. They’re no longer newbies.
What that means is that employers know they’re the future. And, they know that they can hire two Millennials for the price of one seasoned professional, in most cases. That’s just the reality.
As a result, you’ll find that Baby Boomers will have a much harder time finding a job because they’re up against this experience discrimination.
As a seasoned professional, you probably have a lot of experience and your salary is probably higher. And, most people probably don’t want to take a step down in terms of pay.
Sure, you can say, “Oh, it’s okay if I don’t get paid as much as I did in my last role. I just want to get my foot in the door and work my way up.”
The truth is, there isn’t a single person out there who wants to make less money than they did before. And every recruiter knows that.
They know that even if you take that job, you’re probably not going to be as happy as you were in your last job. And even if you are, you’ll probably leave them when a better paying job comes along. That’s their perception.
So, you’re up against the law of supply and demand, not ageism.
Now, let me just tell you that you can get mad at the Millennials, but they’re in trouble, too. Here’s why…
We’re a global economy. Globalization is happening at a rapid rate. I work with companies every single day on their recruiting. They’re all realizing that they can go to countries all over the world to find talent for their companies. And get three of them for the price of one here in the U.S.
So, as the geographic and economic boundaries drop, as we become more and more of a contract workforce, you’re going to see a lot of this work go to other people in other countries.
In the U.S., employees technically get paid in the 1% compared to the other employees in the rest of the world. So, this is going to hit EVERYONE. Experience discrimination and pricing discrimination are going to impact everybody.
And, we don’t even realize it’s happening yet. It’s just starting with the Baby Boomers. But it’s going to happen to everyone.
So, how do you combat this change? Here are a few things you MUST do…
Think of yourself as a “business-of-one.”
In order to navigate these changing times, you need to be a business-of-one and build a strategy. It’s a lot more than just looking for work. If you’re just looking for a job, and you want job security, then you’re in for a rude awakening.
There’s no such thing as job security. We live in a world where every job is temporary. Any day, things can change. That’s our new reality.
As a business-of-one, you need to work on the following activities for your career, similar to how a business owner has to work on his or her business in order to stay competitive. You need to…
– Build your brand
– Follow a smart career strategy
– Work ON your career as much as you work IN it
All of these habits will help you insulate yourself from these unexpected shifts in the marketplace
These are all skills that you can learn, no matter what your age. If you want a great career, if you want to be able to continue in the workforce, you MUST to learn how to do these things.
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