Despite age-discrimination laws, “interviewing younger” can make the difference in our youth-oriented culture. In the article “Take 10 years Off Your Image” for TheLadders, StephenViscusi details 20 rules to help freshen up job seekers’ presence.
It’s not all about how you look, Viscusi advises, although you should use teeth-whitening products and avoid clothes aimed at high-school kids. You should also watch your body language and vocabulary.
For those who are unemployed, you must do whatever it takes to convey to hiring managers that you are employable. What does this mean? No one wants to hire someone who’s stuck in the old-fashioned way of thinking that being qualified, working hard and being loyal to a company is enough. Your Princeton degree and enviable references won’t get you far if you’re that naïve … Whatever the age of your boss or interviewer, you need to create a youthful perception about yourself. Otherwise, there’s someone else waiting in the wings with quicker computer skills and contemporary pop-culture knowledge who will be all too happy to fill your shoes.
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