Show You're Raring to Go (Not Slowing Down)
When applying for a job over age 50, it's important to give the impression that you're ready to hit the ground running and not simply winding down for retirement.
"When hiring someone in this age group, employers especially want to know that they are selecting a vibrant candidate who plans several productive years in the workforce," says Andy Thiede, a human resources consultant for KardasLarson, LLC. "That may be an obvious conclusion with a 30-year-old, but as we age, it becomes more important to demonstrate that vibrancy and spirit."
Be sure to use words that demonstrate a high level of commitment in your resume and cover letter and during interviews.
"Terms such as 'energetic,' 'fast-paced,' and 'looking for a new challenge' are great," says Cassie Scarano, CEO and co-founder of Common Good Careers, which provides recruitment services for nonprofits.