Now that you know a bit more about how you're perceived (those of you who took the quiz, that is) so you don't unwittingly undermine your personal/work relationships, this blast will keep you from unwittingly undermining a current/future job search.
Now the good news: there' something we can do about it. Here are 10 boomer job search mistakes and how to avoid them, courtesy of Cheat Sheet.
...Use an Email Address That Gives Away Your Age:
Older email services like Hotmail or AOL can cause a hiring manager might make certain assumptions, such as that you’re not up on the latest technology. Upgrading to a new (and free) Gmail account for job searching is easy and won’t automatically date you or your resume.
...Rely on Outdated Search Strategies:
If you’re simply emailing (or worse, snail mailing) your resume to employers and then sitting back and waiting for a response, you could be in for a long and painful job search.
“Even though corporate websites encourage candidates to email their resumes, the chances that they’ll actually be read by a human being are pathetically small,” says Bob Weinstein of Work Force 50. Read on for some 21st century strategies.
57% of employers CareerBuilder surveyed in 2017 said they were less likely to hire a person who they couldn’t find online.
If you don’t have one already, set up a LinkedIn profile or create an online portfolio, so potential employers can find you online. Doing this will help you connect with recruiters and HR and show that you’re tech savvy.
...Have a Way-Too-Long Resume:
By the time you’ve reached your fifth or sixth decade, there’s no reason to include your entire work history on your resume.
Stick to the most recent 10-15 years of experience, career experts told Marketwatch. If earlier experience is relevant, condense it into a small “other experience” section. Highlighting recent accomplishments is more meaningful than your many years of experience, noted Monster, especially because it shows you’re still an active and engaged employee.
...Ignore Your Network:
Networking can be a challenge, especially if it means swallowing your pride and admitting you’re out of work and need help. It's very useful to reconnect with old colleagues, meet new people, and share your knowledge. And evidence suggests such networking can make a difference. 44% of recent job seekers polled by Pew Research said their connections with friends, family, colleagues, or friends of friends was the most important resource in their most recent job search.
The person interviewing you might be young enough to be your son or daughter, but don’t treat them as if they’re your child. A younger interviewer might already be worried you’ll have problems taking direction from a more youthful boss, and evidence suggests they’re right to be concerned.
Referring to the interviewer as “kiddo” or “young lady” is a definite no-no, noted HR Nasty, while references to the interviewer’s youth or how your experience was “before their time” can be equally off-putting. You must treat your interviewer like a peer, whatever her/his actual age.
...Refuse to Learn New Skills:
The skills that got you where you are today might not get you to where you want to be tomorrow. If your professional skills are a little rusty or outdated, update them. Completing a class at the local community college or earning a new certification can help you brush up your knowledge of the latest technology.
Ex: An old, frumpy suit, dated haircut, and accessories that were last in during the Clinton administration. Unfortunately, the problem can be especially acute for women. The authors of a 2015 study that found strong evidence of age discrimination, especially against women, speculated appearance bias might be one reason why employers were reluctant to hire older women.
For women, an overabundance of black in your wardrobe, an ill-fitting bra, and frumpy clothing can make you look older than you really are, according to Oprah.com. So can some common makeup mistakes (#1; too much makeup). For men, a bad dye job or a baggy, ’90s-era jacket and pants makes you look like you’re stuck in the past.
Smart job seekers of all ages use whatever resources are at their disposal. That could mean tapping your network for referrals as mentioned above, getting advice on what to wear in a job interview, and perhaps even seeking out the help of career coach.
...Exclude the Option of a Career Change:
To find a job, you might need to look beyond what you’ve done in the past. it’s never too late to reinvent yourself. Some older workers turn a spell of late-in-life unemployment into an opportunity to pursue a dream career, take a job abroad, or start their own business, noted The New York Times. In fact everyone, no matter their age, should be thinking about a Plan B or C before they have to start looking for a job, just in case.
You have been officially alerted...