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Tips for Older Workers
• Focus on the positive. You’ll need to show the employer the benefits of hiring you, not your needs and shortcomings. They want to know how you’re going to help them succeed. They expect you to solve their problems, not bring them new ones.
• Rethink compensation. If you’re starting over in a new field, you can’t reasonably expect to be paid what you earned for many years of experience. But what does this new job offer you? A shorter commute? A chance to mentor someone? New skills or training? The chance to do something you’ve always wanted to do? It’s hard to put a price on that.
• Stay up to date with technology. If you’ve managed to avoid learning to use a computer, it’s time. These days, you need to use a computer just to get the job, never mind once you’re actually working. Very few companies have paper applications anymore. Rarely can you walk into a company and walk out with a job offer in your hand. For most jobs, you’ll need Microsoft Word and Excel, and a working knowledge of the Internet, at a minimum. Frederick County Workforce Services offers free basic computer classes, including Computers for Scaredy Cats and several others.
• Get as fit and healthy as you can, and display energy. Don’t talk about being old. You don’t want the employer to wonder if you’re going to nod off at your desk after lunch, or if you’re even going to survive till the end of the work day. Love it or hate it, exercise is as close as you’re going to get to the Fountain of Youth. You don’t have to like it; you just have to do it. Consider joining a team, or taking classes at the Y or the Talley Recreation Center. The benefits of exercise will help you in your job search and well beyond.
The bottom line is, you’re not too old to work. You just need to learn how to use your experience as an advantage. FCWS can help! Find out more about what we have to offer by calling 301.600.2255 or by visiting www.FrederickWORKS.com.