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Sustain Professional Relevance at All Ages

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Photo Credit: Yuri Arcur


A youthful look could add years to your career, as well as thousands of dollars to your salary. And I agree. Here are tips on sustaining relevance in the workplace no matter what your age is:


Sustain youthful appearance: Not overly young - yet youthful, with modern-day clothing and a hairstyle that’s current. (None of those salon-administered, tight, tiny, blue curls permitted).

Accessories do matter: You have to appear pulled together with appealing shoes, jewelry, portfolio and handbag. No broken, torn, scuffed, or outdated accessories permitted. That 'grandmother catch all’ you refer to as a purse will date you. Monitor what theyounger ladies are holding. And trust me, they do notice.


Do not be a stereotype:You don’t experience struggles studying new technology. You are not a slow learner needing repeated coaching and training. It IS possible to teach an old dog new tricks in the workplace. You will embrace change and welcome the chance to obtain new skills. Why not attempt something different?


Keep abreast of your industry: Attend conferences, read, regularly converse with colleagues and leaders. Be the initial person to bring up a new work process or forward thinking concept.


Hold on to your career: The ideas are relevant for workers at all ages, yet are particularly critical for older employees. You do not wish to hit the pavement looking for a job when you’re over forty - unless you select to pursue a brand new opportunity. As an older, experienced worker, you’re in the top probable position to place these strategies and ideas to work for you while striving to keep the career you have.


Examine your resume and skills: Are your career choice and skills still relevant? You might determine that a transition to a brand new industry is in order. A job change might be your ticket to a happy, long work life.


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