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Looking for a Job as a 50 Yr Old IT Pro | JobSearchTV.com


I want to stay technical and do administrative work. What can I do that will keep me technical and not management?

Summary

I'm Jeff Altman, The BigGame Hunter. I coach people in and organizations. I do career coaching,, leadership coaching. . . You know, I work with people to succeed in their job searches,transition to their new roles and be very successful.
Someone wrote to me and asked this question and it's more detailed than the intro. So, let me give it to you. "Where does an IT person go that's in their 50s to continue to improve their salary or total compensation package?" As they write, "it seems to be an unwritten rule that those in your 50s and 60s are too old to write code or too expensive to write code and, thus, they need to go into management or ,perhaps, a strategic architecture design position or become a road warrior to write code as a hired gun."
This person would prefer not to do a hundred percent Road Warrior work like the the big four consulting firms and, thus, what they prefer to do, they say, it's preferable to not be in the abstract world of design and strategy because he's fairly concrete and likes to deal with concrete problems and solve them in person and it's preferable to not be in management because he doesn't like the administrative stuff. So, he's wondering what he can do.
Now,we don't know what this person does for a living specifically other than They work in IT. AH! I see they're a data architect!
Now. I don't know what their compensation is but I do know that firms hire data Architects! They hired data professionals and you don't necessarily need to be in management to be pretty well compensated. Now, again,we don't know how much this person's earning currently but, looking at their picture because I'm staring at them and on LinkedIn, he presents himself as a youngish looking 50 . . . Unless this is an old photo.
And my first reaction is in everyone's geographic area, there are larger organizations that are willing to pay more for talent and, thus, larger organizations tend to have roles like principal or there are other unique titles to those organizations for highly technical individuals who are not necessarily involved with managing people or resources.
Now the other alternative is to think in terms of consulting but not the way this person is thinking of it.They're thinking of the Road Warrior role where they talk about a hundred percent travel .The firms I know of who do that kind of work . . . It's more 80% . . . But that's okay. He doesn't want to do the travel.. But there are multiple organizations who work with firms that they might consider going to work for and allow themselves to transition into a super tech role.
Now, the issue with that is, although they won't be involved with management, they can still speak to being very technical. Eventually there comes to a point that,, unless they can find what they're going to be let go. That's also true in industry., but consulting has that rep for it So, I want to acknowledge it.In Industry, in big businesses, when there comes to be a recession, guess who's laying people off? All these big farms that claim stability?
So there's no guarantee about anything,but if you went into consulting in the local market and talked with firms about not doing Road Warrior ,as opposed to going to the big National or International firms and spoke with them, and, instead of speaking with those firms,he spoke with a local firms about working in your market area. Within a reasonable proximity to it, you have a shot.
But I also want to bring into account that you claim to be a fairly expensive individual and, the more senior you are, the more that the only way you're going to get the money, is to go outside the firm and be an independent consultant and to work privately. But that's going to involve marketing and sales, promoting yourself or working through some some contracting agency.
So there's no simple answer. There's no easy solution and all them have downsides to them. So, I'm not going to paint a picture of flowers and roses, beautiful music. These are going about tough choices that you have to make and, whatever you choose is fine, but go explore some different options.
So, I hope you found this helpful and I'll just say that if you're interested in my coaching, contact me through LinkedIn. So my LinkedIn address is www.Linkedin.com /in/TheBigGameHunter. Mention that you saw this video because I just like going I'm helping folks, and, from there, once we're connected, send a message andindicate that you're interested in coaching. I'd love to help you.
Hope you have a great day. Take care.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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Over 50? Over 60?: Your Unique Job Search Problems & How to Solve Them | JobSearchTV.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/10/26/over-50-over-60-your-unique-job-search-problems-how-to-solve-them/

EP 420 ​I discuss a few unique issues that relate to you and your job search.

Summary

This is a video for those of you who are older workers. If you look at my face, you know I'm not a beginner either. .

So, I just want to start off by saying there are unique issues that come with being an older work. Yes, ageism is an issue, but a lot of the issues that job hunters have who are over 50 (and certainly over 60) relate to the fact that a lot of you have gotten sloppy about so much, you don't really feel like doing it, and it oozes out of your pores.

You don't have the same drive. You don't have the same determination. Frankly, you don't put in smart effort in order to find work. So, yes, I am going to blame the victim here because at the end of the day, you are responsible for all of your outcomes. You can blame ageism to your hearts content, but you still need to find the position.

There is a way that you can short-circuit all of this and that is to start a business, to become a consultant, because, in the case of business owners, in the case of consultants who are operating at a high level like interim roles, looking to be in an interim C level executive for organization, experience is valued.

So, you were brought in in order to be the pro, to do it for a fixed period of time and then leave. So adopting those kind of positions, whether it's starting a business or being an interim exec for a role is a way of short-circuiting the process. .

However, some of the same pointers still apply even to you. And the 1st 2 are kind of linked.

Number 1 is stay fit. I will speak for myself. It's been hard to take off weight period it's been hard to look good. I have gotten fat. I have clothes that the fit me extremely well and a lot of people I talked to don’t. So, I'm at the gym regularly I (right now, I am getting over and injury but still I'm at the gym regularly working out). I sweat. I lift weights. I push myself. You need to do stuff like that plus have your wardrobe do things that call attention to you from a positive perspective, that don’t give people a reason to go, “How old is that that outfit he's wearing? Or, is she wearing something that is from the 70s?”

You know how people are? They get so dismissive. If you don't believe me get on Facebook, again, and take a look at some of the things that people post that are so snarky. So, just be aware of your appearance because that has an effect.

Another thing is practice your skills. Do it at home. You just make the effort to make sure that you don't get sloppy with how you present your knowledge. So, a lot of people I know have been doing their job for so long and so well that they don't have to talk about it well. And they get lazy with. What I will call, “current events,” within their field. You talk to someone 20 years younger than you, it rolls off the tongue so smoothly.. It may not happen that way for you if you practice.

You might also consider, in your presentation, without of alluding to your age by talking about the grandkids, for example. You can talk about the benefits of maturity and your life experience in supporting the lead person or providing access to certain skills and life experiences that a younger worker hasn’t.

You have been there, you've done a lot. It doesn't make you burned out or tired. But what it does do is help you avoid some of the problems, the less experienced worker might not know., So, emphasize some of those attributes when your interview.

I also want to mention networking. Networking is extremely important for you in the value of your network is far greater than the younger workers network. You know senior executives. You know people who are in a position to hire and who can introduce you to other people who can introduce you to roles. So, get out there and talk to people that you know and don't just sit back on your laurels.

The last thing is the tendency that the those of you who are 50 and over have not to take as many interviews. I want to encourage, especially when you 1st getting back in the job search, get out there and take more interviews, even if it's a job that you would never take, even if the commute is too far, because you are going to need some practice. Even if you been a role where you have hired, now you are the other side of the desk period you need to put yourself in the position to practice interviewing so that you don't screw up jobs that really matter.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

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Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

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Over 50 Job Search and Ageism


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http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/07/24/over-50-job-search-and-ageism/

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a few rules to follow when you are job hunting and over 50.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me? Email me at [email protected]
and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to [email protected]

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to [email protected]
and then forward your question to the same address.

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Over 50 Job Search and Ageism (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a few rules to follow when you are job hunting and over 50.

Summary

The fact of the matter is, ageism exists. We can pretend it doesn't exist. But it is really helpful to pretend. Let's just acknowledge that it exists and, frankly, there's really very little that you can do about it. If people going to be stupid and bigoted because you're 50 or older, excuse my language, screw them. You have a lot more to offer and they just don't get it. Let's look at a few things that you can do that are within your control that will help you get hired for job that you want.

The 1st thing is don't fixate on your age. If you get turned down for a job, learn the reasons why you got turned down for the job because they may have nothing to do with age. So often, I listen to job hunters complained to me about how their age was the stumbling block in getting hired when, in fact, there are other factors that were involved were perfectly valid. So let's not focus on your age.

2. You have to think like you're self-employed. You are in business for yourself and you have to do your own career management. What do you do to ensure that you are marketable to the next organization, to this organization that you're trying to get hired by? Thinking like a business owner finding that lever that is going to connect you into their firm is almost more important than anything else that you can do. Again, look for that lever that is going to make you attractive.

3. Stop spamming your resume. I receive resumes are absolutely useless to me. "Hi! I'm looking for a job. I'm applying for this vice president of such and such and you haven't managed a person in the past 15 years." It is spam. No one is going to give you the shot to go back to what you did 15 years ago. You are what you are today.

4. Time to use your connections. That's really the strongest place we could take advantage of your assets-- your Rolodex. I will use the language of the Rolodex that I grew up with even though no one uses it anymore. You know what I'm talking about. You have connections . . And not talking with the people that you connected with on LinkedIn who you've never spoken with before in your life. I'm talking about the real connections-- the people who you've worked with. The people who you have worked for that you could really reach out to AND you really need to reach out to them to make sure that, at the end of the day, you utilize an asset that you could really take advantage of.

5. Talk to particular employers. Don't just simply respond to job bids. They confirmed to might be at someone like you. Start working your connections to see if you can get an introduction into the firm. See if the firm could be approached, but you could approach through your connections, ideally, and sell yourself.

I see that these factors will go a long way toward helping you land your next position rather than fixating on the, "Oh, woe is me," I am 50 and no one is going to hire me is useless.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to [email protected]  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”