Job hunting for people over 50 can be daunting. Age discrimination is a real thing, and when considering candidates over 50 years old employers may make unfair assumptions. Assumptions like:
* They aren’t technologically savvy.
* They expect a higher salary because of their years of experience.
* They’re overqualified and will quit as soon as they get a better offer for more money.
Employers also may be concerned that older job seekers will be unable to collaborate with younger supervisors and colleagues. For example, in a Society of Human Resource Management poll “Intergenerational Conflict in the Workplace,” 47 percent of younger employees complained that older colleagues were resistant to change and tended to micromanage, among other things.
We spoke with Kate Culligan, a Denver-based performance coach and career strategist with a Masters in Organizational Performance. She gave us a rundown of some of her top tips for persons 50 years and older who are in the job market and need some coaching to help them find the right position for their skills, background and interests.