8 tips from 8 job search experts starting with 45: emphasizing qualification and strengths

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Last week we got up Best of HR – Berufebilder.de® in two contributions the chances of older workers in the job market are discussed. The result: older workers still have good chances - if you follow some tips. 8 tips from 8 Experts to search for a job starting with 45: emphasizing qualification and strengths 8 Tips from 8 Experts to search for a job from 45: emphasizing qualification and strengths

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Strengthen your own strengths

The network career experts had asked their members whether it would be more difficult to find a new job on the labor market from 45. The unanimous opinion of the experts: older workers have to play their strengths. These are, for example, in management positions or in jobs with customer contact. Customers did not always want to have younger contacts, but those who were similar to themselves.

And the experts advise: Since lifelong learning and thus continuous further development has become the standard in many professions, everyone who works in this way will become more and more valuable on the market over the years. In teams, a “senior” member can bring calm and professionalism.

8 Tips from 8 Experts: How to find older workers a job

  1. Outplacement consultant Petra Perlenfein says: “Employees in this age reflect their strengths and values ​​more consciously and clearly. They have the strength and motivation to start a new job and feel a little more independent. ”
  2. The career consultant and former manager Martina Bandoly says: “Professional success is not a question of age, but of your own confidence in yourself!” Personnel consultant Franz Peter Staudt is one of the experts who answered the question about the difficulty with 45+ ”Answered:“ Yes, it is difficult if the jobs are unqualified. The chances are rather slim there and no when it comes to skills. No university graduate, no matter how good, can bring this along, as it can only be worked out through “practice”. I would always prefer a qualified 45er, especially in project and consulting work. ”
  3. HR consultant Petraplant is certain: “Employers certainly appreciate the qualities of older applicants. I have enough examples among my customers. ”
  4. Lawyer and business coach Anja Gerber-Oehlmann gives the tip: “It is therefore worthwhile to think a little about your own marketing (ability), to maintain your networks and to be up-to-date in every respect!”
  5. Career coach Ulrike Zecher recommends: “Forget the digital application process. Better put your energy into an application blog. Promotes your visibility and strengthens your self-esteem. ”
  6. Head of Human Resources Gilbert Dietrich says: "Since lifelong learning and thus continuous further development has become the standard in many professions, everyone who works in this way will become more and more valuable on the market over the years."
  7. Coach Gudrun Happich is certain: “Applicants 45+ have no problem finding a new job or staying in the old one if they consistently answer the question: Who am I? What I want? Where and to whom do I bring the greatest benefit? Because when you have developed and / or found your ideal position, you develop the highest performance with passion and ease and are the most valuable person with the greatest benefit for every employer or customer. ”
  8. Expert for professional reorientation Bernd Slaghuis also gives the 45 + applicants the advice: “Be in yours application authentic and do not hide your age. Quite the contrary: Actively highlight the advantages that you bring for the company compared to a younger applicant. ”

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  1. Helena

    Hello Simone and thanks for these eight expert tips on job hunting. Especially the hint with the forming of networks I find particularly important. My husband also wants one find a job and just looking. I'll show him these tips here.

    • Simone Janson

      Dear Helena,
      Thank you, that makes us happy that we could help!

  2. Martha

    I'm from your own bad experience not at all your opinion. From 45 on the job market, you simply have no chance. What a stupid, misleading post.

    • Simone Janson

      I am very sorry to hear that. But there are a number of counterexamples. Maybe you just have to try again?

  3. Thaddeus Czerwinski

    Good grades and speedy study - that's what career counselors and HR professionals always recommend to find a job. What is often concealed and the people then just remember at the latest with 45: Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer guarantees to find the right job these days. There you should start with your blog.

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