Unemployment is holding steady or starting to nudge downward depending where you live. My company happens to have a few openings this quarter due to growth and turnover. When recently discussing internal recruitment efforts I learned that we typically advertise on one venue…Craigslist.
This may not be news to some (or even most) of you, but to me I think of ads for personal escorts not a job opportunity when I hear craigslist. I think of myself as being a technologically savvy baby boomer so what does this mean to the rest of my generation?
Remember when the classifieds were a lot bigger section of the newspaper? They no longer are because that’s not the way to reach the most people. Companies are posting open positions on Craigslist, Monster and their own websites.
Baby boomers need to use Facebook and Twitter as venues for finding openings. Not only by networking with other users, but following propsective employers. Last week Southwest Airlines posted on Facebook that they are looking for a Director of Technology. That sounds like a pretty good job with the most successful domestic airline.
Of course, online networking does help. Connect with your online friends and followers and let them know you’re looking. Connect with people you know professionally past and present using LinkedIn.
Interview and After
Yes, I concede that age is a disadvantage when job-hunting. But there’s a flip side. With that age is a whole lot of experience.
Once baby boomers get the interview they most likely have soft skills that can make the difference when it comes down to the hire. You know what they say about first impressions? It doesn’t matter if the company’s typical dress is casual (as mine is) the hiring manager still wants to know that you have good judgement regarding business wear.
Twenty years ago thank you notes post-interview were standard. It’s rare when a written note (received via email or snail mail) is received today. If I had to choose between two equally qualified candidates and one had written to thank me for my time and tell me why it’s a good match, they have the edge.
Ignoring age bias, I have no doubt older job hunters can get jobs; they just have to know where to find them.