A Word to the Wise for Over-50 Executives

Did you know that about 20% of executives don’t survive the first year in a role?

Word is it’s harder for the over-50 crowd to get offers; add to that a 20% fail rate and you end up in a tough situation, even when unemployment is low.

So, what do you do?

In our mission to bring executives the very best career advice and job search strategies, we present a short video in which Executive Career Coach Mark Brodsky shares some thoughts on job search for the over-50 executive.

Mark suggests executives do a deep dive into why they want to work and what they are best suited for right now. Markets value different things at different times. “Not addressing when your career is at a crossroad can set you on a path of frustration and disappointment,” said Mark. But if you select the right path, your age can be used as an advantage, but it’s not always on the same path you’re accustomed to following.

This takes some work and proven strategies.

A certain type of resume is required for older executives. A huge list of all you have done actually screams “out of touch and too old.” The essence of that list can be communicated in a way that demonstrates your unique value and “got to have this person.” Mark shares that some companies are actively seeking older executives for their sound judgement, strong work ethic, and ability to serve as mentors. It’s just vital you know exactly why you want so you can identify the right fit.

It’s coaches like Mark who help executives turn all they bring into compelling advantages that help them land their next great opportunity.

William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Associate Director of Content Marketing, where he develops engaging job search, career path, and leadership insight to build ExecuNet's brand recognition as the leader in senior-level executive job search and all matters career.

He delivers executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand, amplifying the power of ExecuNet's expert voices and shaping the content strategy.

Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework. It is his training as an educator which allows Will to take complex ideas and make them simple for busy executives to understand and to execute.

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