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Asked by Margaret on January 14, 2014

Hello there, I am a 68 year old young female looking for part time positions to supplement my income. As a 'young' 68 year old I still have much to offer in the working world. My employment history and record in the medical, clerical, business, and human relations field can offer my prospective employer a unique opportunity to benefit both of us. What suggestions do you have for a person of my age?

Answered by Todd, Hiring Expert at MetLife, on January 24, 2014

I would say that you should simply focus on the opportunity and not your age ;-) Sounds like you have some excellent experience and many employers are looking for someone like you as a part time worker who will bring maturiy and "hit the ground running". Feel free to apply to jobs online, in person etc. and you should be able to find something. 

It is a very difficult market still but your experience should be of tremendous value. Perhaps keep dates off of your resume and focus more on the actual skills and experience but other than that just be yourself and hopefully you find something shortly.

Good luck!  

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Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on January 27, 2014

Many organizations are looking for flex-staff as a strategy, which include part-time. With flex-staffing, companies look for associates who can work part-time but varying hours. I think emphasizing your skill depth and flexibility is key. Explore for ideas.

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on February 3, 2014

Regarding recommendations for “someone your age,” since Federal EEO laws make it illegal to discriminate due to age, the advice really mirrors that for others in earlier stages of their career: study whatever you can about the position in order to demonstrate your ability to exceed the employer’s expectations for the role. With more time and experience behind you, there’s a better chance you’ll have examples to share in which you improved a process, lowered costs, improved sales, or otherwise positively impacted a company’s key metrics. Line those examples up carefully with the requirements for the position and hiring managers will see the value you can bring to their organization.

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