|Mature bike repairman - courtesy Huffington Post|
May Ellen Williams, highlighted some key strategies in "How Older Job-Seekers Can Overcome Their 3 Biggest Roadblocks on Huffington Post. She highly recommends updating your technology skills and making sure to demonstrate your skills in the interview, and stressing your cross-functional skills.
Mature job-seekers can find online technology training resources like the GCFLearnFree on
Job-Seeker, hosted on the DPI website. GCFLearnFree offers cost-free training on Microsoft Office, Social Media and more. You can make it easy for your patrons by adding Job-Seeker to your own library website. The On Your Website page includes the code you can use to add the site.
BadgerLink. Staff working with job seekers may want to do an occasional search in "Career Planning and Adult Development Journal", found in Education Research Complete. It includes great, recent news like, How to Combat Ageism in a Linkedin Profile and Online Presence for Mature Job Seekers: Getting Started.
Good interview preparation, and self-reflection will help mature job seekers position themselves as great assets to a workplace team. Monster.com shares insights on What Older Workers and Younger Workers Can Learn from Each Other,
Before the interview process gets serious, mature workers should also be ready to address the perception that more experienced, seasoned workers are too expensive. Know what the current salary ranges are for positions by checking websites like Salary.com or Glassdoor.
Written by Martha Farley Berninger, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning