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  • Writer's picturePhilippe Javelle

Being a Senior on the job market

Recently I was denied a COO position by a board of shareholders who have known me for almost a decade and have literally praised my expertise in the concerned fields, my working spirit and force, my experience and my creativity. In their own words, I was the perfect profile. As it was for a business launching, I was even bringing a team of skilled collaborators inside my applying offer.

But they would not hire me. If you are over 50, nobody wants to.

Let's address the elephant in the room: ageism in the workplace. It's a real issue, but it's time to change the narrative.

Experience, wisdom, and a wealth of knowledge are not liabilities – they are invaluable assets.

Employers, listen up: the over 50s demographic possesses unmatched skills, deep expertise, and a solid work ethic. These individuals have weathered storms, honed their craft, and gained insights that only time can provide.

It's time to embrace the power of multigenerational teams. The synergy between seasoned professionals and younger talent can be a game-changer. It's about fostering collaboration, mentorship, and diverse perspectives.

Employers, open your eyes to the untapped potential of the over 50s workforce. Embrace age diversity, tap into their wealth of knowledge, and create a thriving environment where every generation can thrive.

So, if you are over 50, don't let anyone tell you that your age is a barrier. Showcase your unique strengths, demonstrate your adaptability, and position yourself as a valuable asset to employers who understand the true worth of experience. And if you still don't get hired, create your own business and hire a diversity of employees with the ethics you defend.


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