When New York City employment attorney Lori B. Rassas wrote The Perpetual Paycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting a Job in 2015, I interviewed her for Next Avenue. Now, she’s back with an excellent new book specifically for older job seekers, with the provocative title: Over the Hill But Not the Cliff. So I rang her up again.
Here are highlights from our interview, with blunt advice for job seekers over 50:
Next Avenue: I have to start by asking you about the title. Why did you call the book ‘Over the Hill But Not the Cliff?’
Lori B. Rassas: The perception about older job applicants by some employers is that they get to a point in their career where they don’t want additional stress and they’re happy to coast until they retire. To undermine this, you need to show the employer: ‘I’m not done yet. I want to continue to learn and grow and move up.’ In the job interview, you should talk about things showing that you’re not at the top of the hill yet, you’re still climbing.
How serious a problem do you think ageism is for job seekers over 50?
I think it exists and is prevalent. You should assume you’re going to face it. But a lot of times, I find the cover letters of these people are not so great or they’re applying for the wrong jobs. I look at ageism as one obstacle to getting a job, but it can be overcome.
In some sense, I think the pendulum is shifting a bit, with Millennials moving jobs so quickly. I get a sense that employers want stability and long-term commitments and they’re more likely to get that from older job candidates. So things are almost getting better for older candidates.
You write that the most common reservation about hiring older candidates has nothing to do with their actual age, but what their age represents. What do you mean? — Find out what she means, tips on getting the jobs, and the complete Forbes article
Some people go years without interviewing for a new job simply because they have been happy with their current employment. Others haven’t interviewed lately because they might have been self-employed. Whatever the reason, not interviewing for a job in quite some time can affect how you handle yourself in an interview. You want to make sure you do everything right and say the right things when interviewing for Big Sky jobs.
To get you headed in the right direction, we have compiled a list of 10 tips to help you prepare for your job interview:
- Prepare Ahead of Time – One of the most important things you must do prior to a job interview is to prepare ahead of time. If you fail to prepare it will show in your answers and body language during the interview.
- Put an Emphasis on Your Good Qualities – Make sure you emphasize your good qualities during the interview. There is nothing wrong with self-promotion during a job interview. In fact, it is the only way you will get across your qualities.
- Ask Questions – Do not be afraid to ask questions. In fact, it is a vital part of the job interview. The interviewer should not be the only person asking questions during the job interview. When you ask questions it shows the interviewer how invested you are in the job and the company.
Your resume is polished. You’ve been networking like mad. Your interview suit is even pressed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. You’re also completely and totally exhausted. The job search is draining, and doing it right feels like a full-time gig. So why not hack your job search with these seven tips?
2. See Who Viewed Your LinkedIn Profile While Remaining Anonymous
One of the most frustrating parts of the LinkedIn experience is the privacy trade-off. If you want to browse profiles anonymously, you don’t get to see who viewed your own profile. Fortunately, there’s a sneaky way around that. Grab the LinkedIn app (if you haven’t already) and follow these instructions, courtesy of FullContact‘s Matt Hubbard:
1. Tap the blue “in” logo on the top left of the app’s home screen. You’ll see a few shortcuts, including Home, your profile, and others.
2. Find and tap the + Add Shortcut option at the bottom of this list.
3. Then select Who’s Viewed Your Profile on LinkedIn.
This enables you to research anonymously but still see who is viewing you – provided that they haven’t gone stealth also.
7. Manage Your Applications and Interviews Like a Pro
Keeping track of your applications, interviews, and follow-ups is a full-time job. Ditch the spreadsheet and start using Trello. Beloved by project managers everywhere, Trello is an easy and intuitive workflow tool that can help you stay on top of the job search process. It’s also free.
I purposefully omitted apps that find or aggregate job board listings, like the Indeed or Monster app. I did this for three reasons: 1) there are a billion of them, 2) they generally do the same things that the sites themselves do and therefore don’t provide any stand-alone value, and 3) they don’t work. Well, they work for finding job listings. They just don’t work very well for landing an actual job. As we’ve said before, you’re far more likely to find a job through networking than through a job board.
t’s that time of the interview when the hiring manager sits back and asks, “So, do you have any questions for me?” Now’s not the time to say nothing—especially if you’re interviewing for that coveted remote job you really, really want.
Interviewing for a remote job is a bit different from typical on-site jobs. And there’s no exception to the question portion of the remote job interview. While you can still ask the same questions you’d ask of a non-remote job, you’ll want to be sure to ask others that are more directly related to telecommuting.
Below are a few of the most important questions to ask in a remote job interview:
1. “What are the remote work policies for this position?”
Whether the company is fully remote, or you’re the first remote employee, you’ll want to be clear on the expectations and policies of working remotely in this particular position. Determine things like: Will you be working 100 percent remotely or do you need to come into the office occasionally? Can you work in public places like a coffee shop or coworking space? Do you need to work a standard 9-to-5 schedule or will you have flexibility?
Not all remote jobs are created equally, so you’ll want understand the particular rules of the company you’re interviewing with. For example, if you need the ability to stop work to pick up the kids from school and the remote job you’re interviewing for doesn’t have a flexible schedule, you’ll want to either move onto the next or determine if this is a negotiable policy.
2. “What does communication look like at your company?”
Communication is a huge part of successful remote work. Getting insight into how the company communicates and what sorts of remote communications tools it uses will help you assess how connected you’ll be. Perhaps employees are big into Skype meetings, or maybe you’ll primarily use instant message. Familiarize yourself with the company’s chosen communication tools to ensure you’ll be a top-notch remote employee.
It’s a red flag if your interviewer lacks a good answer for this question. You’ll want to be sure the company values keeping remote workers in the know and connected to other remote workers or in-office counterparts.