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Sometimes it gets a bit more personal. I have numerous 50+ year old professional "clients." Almost all are degreed and some have Graduate degrees. A couple even "do" HR. All have been unemployed nearly 2 years or more. They have been managers, directors and VP's. In short, an experienced bunch of people.
All have similar stories of rejection after rejection after rejection. Cleverly couched as "you are over qualified". I've coached them on presenting value added, their willingness to work at a level different than in the past and the strong reasons why this is a good idea for them. It isn't working.
These are very skilled people who can provide significant value. Beyond the covert age rejections they are getting their appear to be no other issues (The occasional "we need more specific industry focus but that is rare, and besides, they were interviewed face to face). This is not a localized issue as all of these people have interviewed across the country.
What words of wisdom, specifically advice, can you offer that can be shared with them. They are not seeking a Pep Talk, rather, they are trying to go back to work, hopefully in a career area they have devoted a lot of time and energy into.
Thank you all in advance.