Many people hold age-related stereotypes about older workers: that they are unable to keep up with technology and younger colleagues, that they lack the energy needed to do their job, or that their ideas are out of date. These outdated notions can create obstacles for older workers as they look for employment opportunities.

Fortunately, there are ways to break down these barriers and give aging job seekers a fair chance in the job market. Here’s what employers and job seekers should know about overcoming age-related stereotypes.

Educate Employers on Age Discrimination Laws

Most employers are well aware of discrimination laws based on race, gender, and religion; however, many may not be familiar with the legal ramifications of discriminating against potential hires due to their age. It’s important to educate employers on age discrimination laws and make sure any hiring practices adhere to them.

Highlight Experience as an Asset

Rather than focusing on potential shortcomings related to age, emphasize all of the experience and knowledge you bring to the table as an older worker. Many employers will value your wealth of experience over those qualities offered by younger candidates with fewer years of work under their belt. Be sure to highlight any special skills or expertise you have that would be beneficial for the specific position your applying for.

Embrace Technology

It’s true that technology has changed dramatically over time, but that doesn’t mean older workers can’t keep up! Accepting this part of our lives is essential if you plan on competing in today’s digitalized job market. Taking classes or seeking out resources online can help you stay ahead of the curve technologically speaking – think of it as an investment in yourself rather than a hindrance!

With a little effort from both sides – employers and job seekers alike – we can help break down any outdated notions surrounding older workers and provide them with equal access to work opportunities in today’s ever-evolving economy.

About Job Skills

For 35 plus years, Job Skills has been delivering solutions to job seekers and moving people into sustainable, meaningful employment. Throughout their long history, Job Skills has recognized that not every job seeker is the same. There is no one size fits all employment program. That’s why the Job Skills vision is building an inclusive society where all people are ensured equitable opportunities to fulfill their career aspirations and participate fully in the community.

Job Skills’ employment specialists are there to answer any of your employment questions. Job Skills‘ staff offer solutions to all job seekers, including youth, newcomers, mature workers, persons with disabilities, and entrepreneurs. Job Skills’ knowledgeable team can help you make educated decisions, set goals, and create a strategy to help you become happier in your career. Job Skills works with local employers creating employment opportunities for Job Skills’ clients.

Thanks to government funding, Job Skills’ programs and services are free to all users. Job Skills have locations across Keswick, Stouffville, Markham, Brampton, and Mississauga. Job Skills also offers virtual services for community members unable to attend one of our offices for in-person activities.

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