Overcoming the Age Issue in Your Job Search

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The five articles Baby Boomers need to read to perform an age-appropriate job search.

A job search in your 50s or 60s might not sound ideal, but the reality is that many people will find themselves in this situation as the retirement age continues to rise. Gallup's Economy and Personal Finance survey found that the retirement age is currently 61 – up four years since 1991 – and more than half of today’s workers aged 58-64 expect to retire after the age of 65.

Job searching is rarely an easy or exciting event, and its difficulty is exacerbated with age. While age discrimination in the work place is technically illegal, the practice is by no means extinct. Job seekers need to be aware that job-search advice is not “one size fits all,” and older individuals need to tailor their resumes, interviews and general attitudes accordingly to avoid being passed over for younger candidates.

With that in mind, TheLadders has compiled the following articles to help baby boomers perform an age-appropriate job search:

Job Search in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s

As you age, you will want to change the types of jobs you seek, the personal brand you introduce, even the way you present your resume.

5 Magic Words for Older Candidates

If you’re over the age of 40, use these five words on your resume and during interviews.

Acing a Job Interview After Age 50

You're certainly qualified, but resting on your laurels won't cut it in an interview. Follow these guidelines to land that job at any age.

Is It Your Age or Your Attitude?

You can't turn back the clock, but you can show hiring managers your passion and record of results.

Job Seekers of a Certain Age

Job seekers in their 50s may be stereotyped as counting the days to retirement or running up health-insurance costs. Older professionals describe how they've fought those perceptions on the job search.


TheLadders Copywriter Sarah WoodardSarah Woodard is a Junior Copywriter on the marketing team at TheLadders, and has three years of experience in the job-search industry working with recruiters and job seekers alike. When she isn’t flexing her creative writing muscles, Sarah can be found triathlon training or hopping around the city soaking in all the food, sports and culture New York has to offer.



Topics: Age and Your Job Search