Elizabeth Pope has a great piece on AARP.org on how to avoid very easily made mistakes when searching for work. As we already know, too many older Americans are out of work and desperately seeking employment during these tough times, but are also susceptible to making simple errors that can cost them a new job. A new study by the MetLife Mature Market Institute says so:
"'The harsh truth is, nobody cares about your experience,' says workplace expert David DeLong, author of the report 'Buddy, Can You Spare a Job?' 'In a performance-driven marketplace, you have to frame your experience and show how you can solve a company's problems. You can't expect the potential employer to figure that out.'
The study, released Oct. 13, also found that older job seekers routinely overestimate their computer skills, fail to seek extra training, and may feel ambivalent about returning to work in spite of financial need. If potential employers sense that ambivalence in an interview, it can kill any chances of a hire."
Read up and learn how to avoid this from happening!