Multigenerational Workforce…

As a career coach, I work with clients of all ages, from 18 years of age to 70. I always get asked questions like, “Rebecca do you think I need to dye my hair darker to get rid of the gray? Or do you think I should shave my beard because of the gray?” I have to be honest with my clients because that’s the kind of coach I am, and say yes, especially if you are interviewing with someone under the age of 30. Why, because “LIKE ATTRACTS LIKE.” I just talked to one of my clients this past Monday and she told me she had been on 10 interviews and hadn’t moved to the next step in the process at any of the companies that she interviewed with. She was perplexed and somewhat discouraged. I asked her how many of the 10 interviewers were under 30 years of age and she said at least 50%. Remember the book the Secret? Laws of attraction? Well it applies in Job searching too It’s very important to be aware of the multigenerational workforce in America today. If you are worried about ageism I am here to tell you that we as people over 45 years of age are discriminated against, of course nobody will admit to it, but so are the younger people ages 18-30 years of age. It’s important to be honest with yourself and find companies and hiring managers that value you, your age and your experience.  It’s ok if a 30 year old hiring manager wants to hire a 20-28 year old person.  The reverse of this is when a 20-25 year old male (I have nothing against men, I have three stepsons who I adore, and one of them donned this look all through middle school until his senior year in high school) walks in with long hair, a black hoodie, pants to their thighs with their boxers showing, and mumbles. This could be a real turnoff to a hiring manager of my generation (45 years to 68 years) and older. I only share this information with you so you can stop worrying about it and just realize that their are millions of people out there that feel the same way and overcome it everyday and find jobs in midlife and after as well as finding great jobs right out of college. We need to start embracing this multigenerational workforce because it’s here to stay. I talk to a lot of Generation X’ers and Y’ers and they want respect just like our generation demands respect. They are also so tired of hearing how, when I started working, I walked two miles in the snow….’, ‘The Multigenerational Workforce – Does age matter?’

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