During this COVID-19 economy, millions have lost their jobs and, while I’m grateful to see the strength of the economy returning along with millions of jobs each month, there are still plenty of people looking for work. One of them is a close friend of mind.
This friend has a strong background in marketing, innovation, communications, crisis management, branding and public relations. He’s a loyal and hard-working guy that people like. But, he’s 65. How could you have his background, experience, and expertise and not be 65?
Of course, no one is telling him he’s too old. Even a novice HR person knows better than that. Yet, I can’t quite get past the question: is he being passed over due to his age?
I’d argue that as companies are looking to add or add back talent, they take a hard look at older professionals. The perspective, maturity, been-there-done-that that an older worker brings to the job is a tremendous boost, especially to a young company or a company filled with young people. They can be a strong balance to the younger members of the team, mentors and contributors.
Here’s something to consider: “A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness.” (Proverbs 16:31)