How to Get a Good Job After 50

Book Review: How to Get A Good Job After 50

Are mature workers a good employment investment?  In Rupert French’s How to Get a Good Job After 50:  A Step-by-Step Guide to Job Search Success, the answer is yes.

French substantiates those claims through the research work of Thomas Ng (University of Hong Kong) and Daniel Feldman (University of Georgia), “that older workers are no less innovative or creative than younger workers and that, under the right circumstances, they can be much more so”.

In addition, Susan Adams who writes for Forbes magazine in 2012 quoted a survey of 1500 hiring managers, conducted by Adecco, a multinational human resources consulting firm: “…60 per cent of those surveyed said that they would hire a mature worker. Ninety-one per cent of those surveyed associated mature workers (defined as 50 or above) as being reliable and 75 per cent said that they had a good work ethic.”

So, French’s advice: if people feel that they might be seen as being a bit resistant to change, then deliberately bring some change into your life.

Some examples he offers include, taking some training in a new area to further develop your knowledge or ability.

He reminds mature applicants that employers are looking for three things for every position:

  • The skills to do the job
  • The motivation to do the job well
  • The ability to fit well into the team

He discusses in detail the following four fundamental employment procurement strategies:

  1. Be positive (with a can-do attitude) and in control of your life and career (showing confidence in oneself)
  2. Focus on just two, maximum of three job leads at any one time and pursue each with as much determination as you can
  3. Find jobs before they are advertised through structured networking
  4. Treat the job search as a full-time job

French covers a broad range of employment-seeking tools and resources in his 342-page book, such as:  choosing the right career path for success, writing resumes and cover letters (a variety of samples are provided), identifying achievements, creating achievement statements and identifying key skills, supporting the application with the needed documentation, using social media effectively, building one’s network and research, constructing and maintaining a positive self-image, performing well in information and job interviews, as well as how to accept, decline, or negotiate job offers, so as to successfully land the job you want.

French’s How to Get a Good Job After 50 is a thought provoking guide that offers good advice and coaching to the mature job seeker, in helping to prepare them for the requirements of today’s competitive job market.

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