I recently created a Career Renovation program to help older people get the job they want. It was a way of sharing my experience with many people at once after years of helping older workers, one at a time, to make career transitions.
I was motivated to do it because I'd talked to one too many older workers who were not getting the jobs they wanted and I had seen one too many really bad resumes that people were using.
As part of my preparation and planning I started looking at the comments posted on older workers' Facebook pages, and saw the same pattern repeated.
"No-one wants to employ you once you are over 50."
"Younger managers are prejudiced against you when you are older."
"Employers don't appreciate the skills and experience of older workers."
"The Government isn't doing enough to help us. The government organisations don't help."
"No one loves me everybody hates me, think I'll go eat worms."
Well OK, that last one never really popped up, but they all started to read just like that old children's song. Not getting a job was always because of something external.
What no-one seemed to recognise was that they were doing this to themselves! They were doing the same things over and over and getting the same results….No job.
So I created a program…basically all the strategies and tips I could possibly share in a simple format, available for someone to work through at their own pace so they could turn things around and give themselves a really good chance of success.
The interesting thing is the people who joined the program are those who want to take their career opportunities from good to great, not those who need to move their career prospects from really bad to acceptable!
What does this tell us? Could it be that those who are really stuck in unemployment or unhappy employment just don't realise that they have to do something about it themselves. Maybe they don't realise that it is hard work for anyone, at any level, to develop and manage a successful career. Maybe they genuinely think it should be handed to them on a plate, with whipped cream on top.
So, recognising that the people who really need this message won't be the ones reading it, here are my seven main tips for those who want to get a job they want and will find really fulfilling.