There are now four generations of workers competing in today’s job market: Millennials, Gen X, Gen Z, and Baby Boomers. For the first time in the USA, it is possible to find employees in a company born almost 60 years apart.
For Baby Boomers born between 1946 to 1964, it has become increasingly difficult to find work due to age discrimination. The myths surrounding older workers usually talk about how they are difficult to work with or overqualified.
If you are a Baby Boomer, read these job seeking tips on how to get around biases and myths as you are job seeking.
5. Research who you will interview with
Interviewing with hiring managers across generations comes with challenges. Each generation has a very different attitude of how one should work and the proper attitude for the company. So, yes, be a bit of an ageist yourself. You may need to adjust your approach with each hiring manager.
For example, a Millennial or Gen Z hiring manager will not view “company loyalty” as valuable. You may need to sell them on your ability to be tech savvy and adapt to changes. These generations are also 100% paperless. They do not know a time when paper filing existed.
A Gen X hiring manager will focus more on your skills, experience, and quantifiable numbers while caring very little for a job candidate’s need for personal attention and acknowledgment. Gen X'ers, by nature, is also a suspicious bunch. Any job skill you claim to have needs to be backed up with facts.
It helps to estimate how old the hiring manager might be to see what approach you need for the job interview.
4. Show you are not clueless about today’s trends
This does not mean you should dress like a Millennial or Gen Z. This will make you look like you are trying too hard and look older than you are.
However, toss out the old resume and get one done in today’s resume language. Maintain a high level of energy. Also, get in touch with today’s technology and show a never-ending passion for learning and changing. Update your social media footprint to show you are aware why certain social media behaviors are frowned upon by younger generations.
3. Get to the point at all times
As a Baby Boomer, you have seen it all. You have watched America change several times and no doubt you have stories about your experiences and overcoming challenges.
However, for job interviews, get to the point and stay focused on what the company needs at all times. Show how your experience makes you prepared for the job, but do not go into lengthy stories or explanations.
2. Do not scare companies with your qualifications
Experienced Baby Boomers often generate a fear that they will be overqualified. Ease that fear by letting hiring managers know you would love to help further advance teams with your qualifications.
You are letting the company know in an unselfish way that they will benefit from your knowledge. You are expressing that you will never be greedy or difficult with others when it comes to your experience. You are there to help teams and a company grow, not withhold information or make lives difficult.
1. Show you want to learn
Life is about facing challenges caused by a need to reinvent yourself every five years. However, at some point in life, we tend to seek comfort more than challenges. In the process, people learn less and stick to a routine.
If you are a Baby Boomer used to an outdated way of working, you will need to change and be willing to learn something new, not just for the job but for the rest of your time at the company.
For your interview, do not just talk about what you would like to do, go a step further and seek opportunities to do more. Consider volunteer work or taking business courses related to a new trend. You are showing everyone that you have what it takes to reinvent yourself, consider new ideas, and learn new skills needed for your career.