EXCUSE #3: I’ve tried to network, but no one wants to help me.
Networking isn’t just about getting people to help you; It’s about cultivating relationships, sharing ideas, and maintaining contact. If your motive behind networking is to just to get a new job, it’s probably obvious to those in your circle. People will help those that they trust, not someone they’ve just met or don’t really know that well.
Try this: Offer your skills without pay. Volunteer at events where you know successful people will be, and always follow-up within a week with every person you’ve met.
EXCUSE #5: I’m too old. No one will want to hire me.
You’re never to old to pursue your dreams! The fact that you’re older just means that you have more hands-on knowledge. What’s important is your ability to demonstrate and convey the advantage of your experience to a hiring professional.
The hesitation with hiring older candidates is that they may be unteachable or rigid because they already have a wealth of knowledge. Your job is to eradicate that notion by remaining open-minded, flexible, and willing to learn new things. Brush up your computer and job-seeking skills by taking a course or asking a younger colleague to teach you. Replace your doubt with determination and remain positive about your ability to compete with your younger, and less experienced counterparts.
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Aisha Taylor (@realTAYLORmade) is co-owner and chief consultant at TAYLORmade Professional Career Consulting, a Web-based, full-service career consulting company committed to â€œequipping, preparing, and empowering todayâ€™s professionalâ€ globally. Check out her weekly insights on job-seeking and interviewing success every Friday on BlackEnterprise.com.