You are More Valuable Than You Think!

SkilledThis week I have had the opportunity to interview a handful of applicants for a position with the company I work for. (My “day job”) Each of these applicants was very skilled in their line of work and most had multiple years of experience. It was refreshing to speak with each one of them and see what they had to offer. In fact, I was a little concerned about choosing between them. It all worked out in the end, and I was able to find the one that was the best fit. However…

… there was one of these applicants that caught my attention. Through the course of the interview he explained that he was getting training in a new line of work because he thought his chances of finding a job would be better. Even though his skills are in high demand across the country his perception was that he needed to make a career change. Much of his reason for changing was that he was within 6 years of retirement. He thought his age put him at a disadvantage.

How old is too old, by the way? How young is too young? As the hiring manager, I was not concerned about his age. I needed someone with his skills. If you have a negative opinion of yourself and your situation, you are going to appear inadequate for any job. The company I work for has hired folks his age and older specifically because they have age, experience and maturity. It’s valuable! Remember, most companies are realizing that the length of time that people stay in one position is shortening. They would prefer to benefit from what you have to offer at your age and with your experience. Hiring someone who is young is no longer a guarantee that they will be around for years.

You are more valuable than you think! Give yourself the credit you deserve. Be confident in your work experience and the value you can bring to an organization. Confidence looks good on you no matter your age.

Here is more specific advice:

• Be clear in what you are looking for.
• Build on your experience, especially if you love what you do.
• If you are young, find ways to learn all you can and bring value to your organization.
Don’t wait too long to find something better. In two or three years you should know if this can be a long term career choice. If you learn sooner, create a plan and move on.
• Don’t assume you are too young or too old for a better position, or even your dream job.
• If you are going to change careers, do it for the right reasons. Get some career advice from multiple sources before you give up something you love.

Do you have a story to share? Are you considering a change? I would love to hear from you. Please comment below. If this is encouraging to you, please share it with your friends. Let me know if I can serve you in any way. If this type of content has value to you, take a moment and join the awesome people that subscribe to this blog!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!