I’m over 50. Who will hire me?

By Walter Donald
The Executive Network, Inc.

“I am over 50 and I have been “let go”. Will I ever get another job?”

In the mid 1980s there was a severe economic downturn. Business friends were calling me in a panic. “Walter,” some of them said, “I’ve just lost my job. I’ve never had to look for work. I’m over 50. Who will hire me? What am I going to do?”

Believe it or not, I had never had to look for a job, either. I had absolutely no idea what they should do. But I did know a good question to ask them. What does a 50 year old employee have that a 20 year old employee doesn’t have? The answer was then and still is 30 years of valuable experience.

If your health is good, you’ve got natural talents, work experience, training, work ethic, openness to learning new skills, and a positive attitude, why wouldn’t an employer want to hire you?

Yes, you might have to take a temporary reduction in income; but you’ve still got many, many years left in your career.

After rolling up our sleeves, many of them found an even better job than the one they had lost. Why?

Most employers know that their most valuable asset is their human resources. Today, it’s called “Human Capital”. You are an investment and you’re expected to deliver a good to great ROI (Return on investment).

If you’re over 50 and have a good performance record, you can be sure that out there somewhere there is an employer who wants to meet you. You have to help them to find you.

Our Career Transition Coaches know this is true. Our Career Transition Clients know this is true. Sure it takes work to find the best employer and the best career opportunity for you. But do what you’re good at. Set goals. Solve problems. Achieve employment.

A great employer out there is looking for you. They don’t know where you are. Help them to find you, by starting NOW.

For more information about the suite of human capital resources and tools provided by The Executive Network, visit www.executivenetwork.ca.

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