r me from a past response I made to one of his blogs back in 2010... So I went back in to check what it was I said that pissed him off so much to keep a grudge that long and realized there were 3 other responders to his blog who agreed with my position- not sure why he was still angry at me... What makes it worse - I am the reason he does not want to come back to recruitingblogs as stated in his response ... Little me Wooo .... How can you have a constructive conversation with someone if you hold animosity against that person... Ahh well.... This is really what spurred me to write this blog...…
began my job search assistance business. I had a customer who had this experience: Experienced sales guy--one of those star performers--who interviewed for a job; the hiring manager was in his late 20s. Everything was great and they were finalizing the offer. Then my customer said he had to check out high schools for his kids before he relocated to the new job. The hiring manager pulled back, ended the call. And my customer never heard from the hiring manager again; he would never respond to my customer's phone calls, etc. He was blown away. He could not believe what he was experiencing.
Of course, there could have been other factors involved in my customer not getting the job but it was a bittersweet moment of reality for him. Of course, we found him another job easily and the last I heard he was promoted to district sales manager.
Conversely, I'll say that too many older jobseekers fixate of age discrimination. It's understandable. Stand in the lobby of the Sears Tower or 300 N Lasalle or 200 E Randolph in Chicago and you'll see a vast amount of youthful, attractive professionals walk in and out of the building. I recall once calling on a Financial Services firm and was in a conference room of young, dark-haired, chisel-faced, white men. Clearly they fit the corporate image!
But I would give one piece of advice for the older job seeker. Stop applying to jobs you are overqualified for.
I've found that older job seekers are under the impression that if they shoot for jobs that are beneath them, their years of experience will drive them to the top of the application pile. Wrong. Experience = Money and More exp = more money. And employers will not hire people drastically below their worth.
I always suggest for the older work to take their job search goal up a notch. Shoot for a job that is just a bit above them. Many times this eliminates the younger folks and reduces the competition; more responsibility makes a mature worker a more attractive job candidate.