The number of job seekers over 40 continues to rise and some employers are clearly acknowledging the trend with initiatives and programs to assist older employees according to a recent article in the Globe and Mail, Top Employers for Canadians over 40 based on results evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.
Managing a successful job search requires a strategic plan; one which consists of clearly targeted companies. Success will be attributed to finding the company that provides the best fit possible. Too often job seekers will be focused solely on job posts, many of which are simply posted to recruit business rather than qualified applicants and in doing so are leaving the company to chance.
Online resources are rich with extensive information available for most companies. If you can’t find the company, take them off your list! Do your research and target those companies that have the potential to provide the cultural fit you are seeking. If you are in your 50’s, it is critical to consider pension plans and extended health benefits. You may be interested in an organization that provides training and development or flexible work options or the opportunity to plan extended vacations.
Before finalizing your list of targeted companies based on policies, plans, benefits and all around cultural fit be sure to network with current or past employees to be assured it is all it appears to be. Of course there is always a chance of discovering a disgruntled employee but a thorough investigation could prevent a short lived tenure with the wrong company.