ALUMNI MEETING NOTES March 29, 2019
MARCH 29, 2019 ALUMNI MEETING NOTES
The discussion topic for Breakthrough Performance Group’s Alumni Luncheon in Cincinnati on March 29 was ageism. Over 25 alumni came to share their experiences and to hear guest speaker Dana Glasgo (cincinnaticareercoach.com). Dana, who has worked with clients from 17 to 76, and meeting participants had much to share. Many of the ideas apply to all job seekers – just even more so for older workers.
Here are a few highlights from the discussion:
- Dana believes ageism exists in the job market but does not recommend suing a company. She says “get on with your life and find your next opportunity.”
- She noted that some professions, like marketing, seem to be harder for older job seekers.
- Dana counsels her clients to get healthy and watch their appearance. She says “Lose weight if you have to; make sure your glasses and hair style are up-to-date. Men, watch those mustaches. Concerned about gray hair? Dye your hair if you want to, and don’t forget to dye eyebrows too. “
- Show energy.
- Grit and perseverance are keys to success. Your job search is your full-time job.
- Talk (preferably face to face) with at least 1-3 people each week. Know what you want and let people know how they can help. Use an elevator pitch that tells what you do and where you want to work.
- Make young friends. Learn what is the latest and greatest.
- Don’t make age an issue. Make your experience an asset. Make sure to quantify the results you have achieved.
- Be strategic. Listen for the problems an organization has during the early interviews. Then show how your experience can help solve them.
- Use the T-Letter format to help connect the dots between your experience and the job requirements. You can use it in a cover letter – and as something to give to an interviewer at the end of your conversation.
- Don’t be afraid to close strong. Be bold and ask what they need to know to hire you.