Articles > Dealing with Age Discrimination - by Scott Brown
Do you feel your age is getting in the way of you finding the right job?
Unfortunately, as we donít live in a perfect world, there is a slight possibility that this might be happening. But chances are itís not. Itís more likely to be your attitude to these factors thatís holding you back.
We all know older people who complain about how the aging process breaks down the body so they canít do things the same anymore. They usually move slower, tell you how your turn will come and in general moan and groan a lot. Then there is the odd one or two people we see who make us realize it doesnít have to be that way. These people are skiing in their nineties, writing books and screenplays and are living life they way theyíd like to without complaining about their physical age.
Thatís because they donít focus on it. They are focusing on living instead.
Your attitude is how you choose to view your age. It doesnít have to be that way. You have the option to change your attitude. Even if itís a difficult for you to change, can learn to overcome this. There is a huge self-help movement underfoot in todayís society and the bottom line for all of it is Ė we can control the way we feel about something by changing the way we look at it.
A positive attitude towards ourselves wonít wipe out prejudices in the job area but it will certainly impact how others perceive us.
Go into an interview positive, full of energy and enthusiasm. Make sure you are on the edge of your field. If youíre not up on the latest trends, then find out what you need to do to become that way. Donít go in and grimace when an interviewer asks you about learning a new software program they are in the process of implementing. Change the grimace to a genuine spark of interest and the interviewer will feel it.
Take classes, go away for a workshop. Do whatever you need to do to feel inside that you are the right person for the job. If you feel it, then so will the recruiter. That goes for anything that you feel makes you less than another candidate. It doesnít matter what it is you need to overcome, take the time and effort to do so on the inside and watch the outside change in the attitudes of others.
Donít walk into an interview with an attitude that says, ĎI know I wonít get it. Why did I bother to come?í This is just setting yourself up for failure. Not everything will go your way all the time no matter what you do. However, by changing your attitude and walking into an interview with the attitude that says, ĎThis is a great job. Iím the perfect candidateí means youíll find that life offers you more positive experiences than negative ones.
Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook (http://www.JobSearchHandbook.com). As editor of the HireSites.com weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.
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