18. Jul, 2017

Youth Mania and Digitalization in Recruiting ...

Yes I am a Babyboomer  (https://www.careerfaqs.com.au/news/news-and-views/workplace-warfare-baby-boomers-gen-x-and-gen-y) and I am 54 years old, but for me personally I see myself much younger than the birth date in my passport. And according to the current German law I should not retire before the age of 67, so another 13 years to go. A very long time!!

When you talk to a lot of headhunters you get the impression that their customers are not looking for any candidate above the age of 45. Due to diversity laws in a lot of countries nobody will officially say this, but the signs behind the scenes are obvious Blink. And it is not only the higher salary expectation, due to the experience and expertise of 25+ years of working. There are other arguments like e.g.  - Not ready for the Digital Transformation - Issues to work with the Generation X, Y and Z - Agile development and Scrum teams - and many more ... 

Whistle So why are companies following this 45- strategy in a time, where the "War for Talent" is still on and these companies are missing out a large number of available experts in the market place? Blush

Interesting question and not easy to answer, but the focus is clearly on the younger generations, see 8 Innovative Ways Companies Are Using Virtual Reality to Recruit https://business.linkedin.com/talent-solutions/blog/future-of-recruiting/2017/8-innovative-ways-companies-are-using-virtual-reality-to-recruit?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=946764&utm_campaign=0 for example. Wink I see some similarities to the mobile phone operator business, all marketing money and effort goes into new customer canvassing, instead of keeping existing customers happy.

What are the alternatives?

  • There are still companies looking for older candidates, you just have to be the right guy at the right time and the right place. Could be a long journey.
  • You could reduce your requirements with respect to salary and position for example, but the company will question your approach and it is not good for you as well.
  • You could change your job focus with respect to industry and role, might be a difficult sell for both sides?
  • Increase your expertise levels with education, stay connected to current technology and trends, be young in mind and avoid resistance to any change.
  • Or open your own business and do what you want and feel, could be a success story.
  • to be continued ...

As a bonus today the following story from Jurgen Appelo Impact Spheres —Only If You Care About Change https://medium.com/impact-spheres/impact-spheres-only-if-you-care-about-change-e58b9d2c62ff you can apply here https://agilityscales.typeform.com/to/or12LE 

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