I have a few family members in their fifties who are, for the first time in a long time, looking for new work. Due to financial and marital changes, they’re out in the work field again, looking for a job. It’s been a little tough sometimes, touching base with them to find they still haven’t found many leads since the previous time we spoke months before. It may be a reality we don’t want to face or one that nobody likes to talk about, but employers can be a bit prejudice about applicants over the age of 40. I will say, however, that when these family members and friends have found work, their age was one of the most appealing things to the particular employers who hired them. Smart employers tend to understand the value of having employees a little older than that post-grad age. Sure, having youth in the office adds a nice energy to the place, but having slightly older employees comes with great perks, too. But, at the end of the day, from what I’ve learned through some loved ones, there’s no denying that potential employers just see and treat applicants over the age of 40 a little differently than they treat those in their twenties.
They understand you have more expenses
When applying for a job in your 40s or up, there is an understanding that you probably have more expenses than someone in her 20s or 30s. You may have children. You may have a mortgage. You may have other dependents. Employers know that when calculating the salary you would need.