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The impact of generational communication to find jobs

The impact of generational communication to find jobs (MGN Online)

America's work force is getting older, fast.

By 2022, about 35-percent of the labor force will be over 50 according to AARP.

Here's how generational communication impacts mature workers as they set out to find jobs.

"You are more valuable to a company if you have learned other skills all around you," says job seeker John McQuaig.

These older adults get a lesson in finding new work.

"Looking for a job is a full-time job."

While many think of older adults as retirees, millions need to work to stay financially secure and independent.

Wayne Kottman is a retired Navy officer and job seeker.

It took Kottman eight months to land an offer.

"It can get sort of depressing after awhile."

But these workers are taking the opportunity to update their resumes which experts tell us often get just a ten-second review.

"You got to really make sure that you are hitting the points is going to interest somebody to make the cut just to try and get that first interview," said Kottman.

Business services director Lynn Aspey tells workers they should show employers energy and find ways to stand out.

Aspey says you need to connect with your interviewer who could be half your age.

"So we don't think alike, we don't talk alike, we don't look alike and we don't process information alike."

The work habits of each generation can impact the company culture.

"I think the mature worker is really looking for something they can feel passionate about, in terms of mission and terms of value," said McQuaig.

Other advice for these mature workers update tools like Linked-In and Network.

"They acted as a support group but we also bounced ideas off of each other," said job seeker Sharon Chelnick.

"We are a work place that has four and five generations of workers, working together for the first time in history," said Aspey. "We can engage, we have value to each other."

AARP suggests mature job seekers should take advantage of their state and community employment centers or connect with staffing agencies.

The number of people ages 55 and over that work part time has doubled in the past several decades to 7.5 million.

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