I quit my job. That's right. At age 61, almost 62, I quit ... with real hopes I can begin again. The past 16 years have been amazing, teaching and inspiring high school students to love journalism as much as I do. But, things change ... schools change directions just as businesses do and it is time to move forward. I am not really a teacher. The original career for years was in advertising and public relations. The question is, can I prove someone out there appreciates experience and maturity?
"Don't let anyone know your age!" This has been the number one piece of advice I have been given. But, seriously, how do you hide it? I am not Sutton Foster on TV Land's hit show Younger. I cannot pull off looking in my 20s to 40s. The resume clearly says college graduation happened in 1975. I have not gone the route of Botox yet, so there are a few crevices on the face. I know, I should not be admitting any of this!
However, I am an optimist and believe I will convince someone to take a chance with a sure thing. Let's kill some of the myths right now:
Younger employees work harder. I still rise at 4 a.m., workout and put in a full day with no complaints.
Younger employees are more invested in the company with less distractions. Actually, I think I would be more dedicated. I am done with a desire to move over other employees and move up the ladder. My children are grown and leading their own lives. I just want to do what I am hired to do really well.
Younger employees are healthier. Not necessarily ... I left my last job with a pile of sick days never used, and I no longer hit the happy hours during the week.
Younger employees are more knowledgeable of headlines in the business world. Again ... it is a stereotype to assume someone older has ceased to learn. I read prolifically and have spent years getting current on new social marketing skills and the technology of our day. Also, there is one huge target market I understand really well.
Younger employees are not thinking of retirement. Well, neither am I. First of all, the economy is such, we need to work longer and we have the health to do it. Also, I would rather work than be on a golf course or tennis court any day. My satisfaction comes from the labor.
Experience and resolve follow many baby boomers in their search to begin again. Employers can benefit from both and know a discussion will actually happen without a cell phone in our faces; deadlines will be met; and whining is in our past.
Anyone else on the job search or care to share some advice? What do you think of the advice given to hide my age? Makes a cute television show, but is that reality?
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