Age discrimination in today’s corporate world is, unfortunately, quite commonplace. Companies, despite claiming to support equal opportunity for all, are more likely to hire new employees from Gen X or Gen Y rather than from the baby boomer generation.
And, unfortunately, if you are a woman from to the baby boomer generation, you will have to deal with both age and gender discrimination. Over the years, there has been some progress in equal opportunity hiring, and the corporate world is showing signs of improvement in gender equality.
However, given the circumstances, getting the position you want as an older woman may seem to be a daunting challenge. Here are some tips for how to approach this challenge and hopefully land the job that you deserve.
Never Hide Your Age
A number of job applicants today tend to hide their true age from employers, which, while not illegal, can be problematic.
Be sure to fill out all the details asked for in the application (including your age), as some companies will not even consider applications with missing details. When you arrive at the interview, tell your employer the truth about your age, as lying or even omitting this information could complicate things in the future.
By letting employers know about your age and experience, you’ll also give them some insights into how you can benefit the company.
Do Your Research
Before you draft a resume, do some extensive research about the industry you’re applying to. Search for companies that are hiring, and you’re sure to find at least a few that value older employees. It’s best to apply to these organizations.
Another thing you may want to look for during your job search is companies where there are women occupying leadership positions. Find organizations with at least 3 or 4 women in high-level positions, and make sure that they aren’t restricted to traditional female leadership roles like HR and marketing.
This shows that the company values its female employees and offers them chances for career growth.
Keep Up With Technology
The new job you’re applying to may involve the latest technology. Find out if there is any technological know-how needed for the job, and brush up on your skills.
Before applying, consider taking some classes or attending seminars to learn about the latest developments in your industry. Learning to use the current technology effectively will be a valuable addition to your already significant skill set and experience.
Get on Social Media
Aside from your resume, employers today are also interested in how well-connected you are on the internet. Set up a Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profile for prospective employers to look at.
No matter how uninteresting you may find social media, you don’t want to give your employer any reason to remove you from consideration.
Having a social media account will also connect you with more potential employers and people who can recommend you for jobs, so you will benefit from having an expanded network.
Be Physically Active
To remove the stigma of being “too old”, show your employers that you’re just as energetic and vibrant as any other employee. To accomplish this, you’ll need to make sure that you’re eating well and getting plenty of exercise.
By consuming the right nutrients and sweating it out, you’ll release endorphins which help your muscles relax and cause you to feel happy and energized. Sometimes, senior workers are turned away because employers may feel that they won’t be able to handle the physical demands of the job. So, keep yourself healthy and active, and project a strong, confident image.
These are a few tips for landing the perfect job, even if you might feel discouraged as an older female applicant. As a female job seeker, you will face more obstacles than your male counterparts, but this is a challenge to embrace. It will take time, patience, and hard work to eliminate the reasons for an employer to discriminate against you. But it is possible, and once you’ve accomplished this, you will have a great chance to land the job.